Found November 03, 2011 on The Outside Corner:
At the All-Star break, this award looked like Jose Reyes' to lose. The Mets shortstop was having a dominant year, and had piled up 5.2 fWAR in 80 games. In the 46 games after the break, he was worth just 1.0 fWAR, and tailed off in the race. Other candidates stepped up big time, and the award looked a lot more competitive at the end of the day. But when all the votes were tabulated, two candidates stood head and shoulders above the rest. Midseason winner: Jose Reyes, New York Mets VOTING RESULTS1) Matt Kemp (88 points, seven first place votes)2) Ryan Braun (81 points, two first place votes)3) Joey Votto (50 points)4) Justin Upton (45 points)5) Roy Halladay (45 points)6) Clayton Kershaw (43 points)7) Troy Tulowitzki (38 points)8) Jose Reyes (34 points)9) Prince Fielder (21 points)10) Cliff Lee (13 points)11) Albert Pujols (10 points)12) Andrew McCutchen (8 points)13) Shane Victorino (8 points)14) Ryan Howard (6 points)15) Lance Berkman (5 points)  Matt Kemp is our winner, ...

Jose Reyes ranks fourth on Keith Law’s list of top 50 free agents

Keith Law of published his list of top 50 free agents for this offseason and Jose Reyes ranked fourth.  Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols, and Yu Darvish (Japan) came in ahead of the longtime Mets shortstop in Law’s breakdown, though he did say that “Reyes would be first on this list if he came into it with a clean medical record.” Well, I figured Fielder and Pujols...

Jose Reyes Rumors: Thursday

We've already heard today that the Reds are likely out of the Jose Reyes sweepstakes, as Cincinnati will instead go with rookie Zack Cozart at shortstop next year.  Here are some more items and speculation about where Reyes will play in 2012... Adam Rubin of ESPN New York asked eight beat writers about Reyes' future, and none of the eight (covering the Angels, Brewers...

76M already spent for 2012 : Where will the rest go?

The Mets and the rest of the teams in MLB are busy setting how much can be spent on this year sparse Free agent class as we go into the first weekend of the Jose Reyes watch.  The Mets have committed about $76M to 9 players for 2012 if they re up with big Pelf, Pagan and Paulino.    The numbers for those 3 are estimated.  I don’t think the Mets will commit to Pagan so they...

Bats: Hometown Discount for Reyes, Mets? Unlikely

Jose Reyes is unlikely to give the Mets a hometown discount in free agency, former Mets general managers say.

Your Mets comments: Jose Reyes officially becomes a free agent

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Reyes will be out of Mets budget

In a report to the New York Post, Joel Sherman believes Jose Reyes is “is going to have multiple bidders for his services and that will assure his payday soars well above the Mets’ budget.” Sherman cites one Mets official as saying, “I think [Jose Reyes] will be blown away by someone else.” Another Mets official told Sherman,“My instinct is no shot. I think if [GM] Sandy...

Hometown Discount for Reyes, Mets? Unlikely

Jose Reyes is unlikely to give the Mets a hometown discount in free agency, former Mets general managers say.

Mets miss out on exclusive window to ink Reyes

Teams can now begin bidding on Jose Reyes, the New York Mets free agent All-Star shortstop.

Bats: Mets' First Off-Season Move: Layoffs

The Mets laid off about 10 percent of their front-office staff, which is not a good omen in the Jose Reyes sweepstakes.

The Mets Catching Situation

In a Mets offseason that will be dominated by one huge name—Jose Reyes—other major needs may go overlooked. That’s partially because the Mets will try hard to keep Reyes and also because the team is still not financially sound. When we think of the Mets roster, we immediately say we need pitching, pitching and more pitching. However, a strong catcher is key to a good pitching...

Jose could have deal before Winter Meetings

While the Mets and most baseball people fully expect Jose Reyes to wait at least until next month’s Winter Meetings before signing a new contract, the shortstop’s agent said he and his client wouldn’t necessarily hold off that long.”If some team wants to make an offer...

eMail Q&A: Can Murphy handle second base?

Roy from Florida sent in an email asking: If Jose Reyes does leave, I think Daniel Murphy gets pushed into the spotlight. Obviously Murphy proved he is a Major League hitter last season, but will the Mets ever find a spot for this guy to play full time? Assuming Tejeda shifts to short, is Murphy the team’s every-day second baseman? And more importantly, can he handle it defensively...

Mets Had Worst Middle Infield Defense In Majors In 2011

I picked this up on ESPN New York this morning. By one measure, baseball statistician Bill James has determined the Mets had the worst middle-infield combination in baseball last season, at least when Jose Reyes was paired with Justin Turner. Here’s what James and colleagues wrote … In The Bill James Handbook 2012, Bill James and Baseball Info Solutions track Defensive...

What is a New York payroll?

In a series of statements on Twitter, Adam Rubin wrote: Here’s the reality: The St. Louis Cardinals won a World Series in 2006, stripped down the team, shuffled in 21 new players, then won another World Series five seasons later (while also making the playoffs in 2009) and did it while never spending more than $105 million in a single season (despite one player occupying...
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