Originally posted on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 11/16/11

According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the New York Mets may still be players for shortstop Jose Reyes, even at the reported ‘bid’ of $90 million by the Miami Marlins:

Assuming report of $90M for 6 from miami for reyes is right, #mets think they can play there. No 1 expects that to be final # tho about 5 hours ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite @SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman

In fact, Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and SiriusXM goes as far as to presume that the Mets may be one of two teams (Miami being the other) that have already made offers to the 28-year-old free agent:

According to a source close to Jose Reyes camp..they presently have only 2 legit offers..presumably the Marlins & Mets..but it's only Nov 15 about 2 hours ago via webReplyRetweetFavorite @JimBowdenESPNxm JIM BOWDEN

Bowden’s presumption, however, does not match what others following the team have heard, including Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

Asked a #Mets person if there was any big news such as offer to Jose Reyes. "No, there's nothing," I was told. 56 minutes ago via EchofonReplyRetweetFavorite @AdamRubinESPN Adam Rubin

To be honest, $90 million seems low to me and I certainly expect to see things approach the $100 million mark in the coming days, a number Joel Sherman of the New York Post was told is Jose’s minimum target.  At that point, I don’t see the Mets being able to ‘play’ much further, but regardless, the team believes it will get it’s chance to match whatever is put on the table.

#mets believe reyes will come back to give them a chance after he's done shopping but know he isn't obligated to do so about 5 hours ago via Mobile WebReplyRetweetFavorite @SI_JonHeyman Jon Heyman

At 6-years/$90 million I can assume the annual salary ($15 million) is to the Mets liking, but the length of the contract may end up being the sticking point:

Talking to several Mets people today, still unlikely they go 6 years for Reyes. But they don't believe market for him is set. about 5 hours ago via TweetDeckReplyRetweetFavorite @SurfingTheMets Andy Martino

While it’s long been perceived that the New York would be unlikely to go beyond 5 years, Martino also writes (click here to read in full) that the believed unwillingness of the team to do so is now ‘softening’:

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Ever since mid-summer, people familiar with the team’s plans have asserted that the Mets are unwilling to offer Reyes six or seven years.  On Monday, there seemed a subtle softening of that tone — no one would rule out a six-year deal — but there was still much talk of concern related to Reyes’ hamstring injuries.”

If there’s one thing we know as we watch the Reyes rumor mill churn it’s that what you hear today may not be what you hear tomorrow.  Case in point, while Jon Heyman tweeted yesterday that Brewers may make Jose their top target this offseason, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com seems to think they may elect to stick with Yuniesky Betancourt:

Brewers have strong reservations about Furcal, probably not enough money for Reyes. May actually stick with Yuni at short. about 8 hours ago via SeesmicReplyRetweetFavorite @DKnobler DKnobler

The bottom line is that it’s really too early to rule anyone out, including the Mets.  If you can think of a team with a big bankroll that can use one of the best shortstops in the game, then don’t be quick to cross them off the list of potential Reyes landing spots, no matter what you hear.  In the meantime, we’ll keep on top of the reports, because….well, eventually one of them will be right!

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