“[Jose Reyes has no reason to sign in the exclusivity period, having nothing to gain before seeing the market come into focus. The only way would be if the Mets blew him away with an offer, and that isn't happening...there are very few shortstops in the last 20 years who come close to Reyes in terms of skills and abilities. And that means Reyes will have to test the free agent market to establish a price range."
~ Steve Popper, Bergen Record
Popper suggests players such as Carl Crawford, Derek Jeter, Jimmy Rollins, and possibly Alex Rodriguez could be used as a baseline in establishing Reyes’ price tag this winter.
Michael Baron: The difference between Reyes and all of the players Popper mentioned (with the exception of Rollins, who just completed a six year commitment with the Phillies) is those other players have proven to be much more durable over the course of their careers, and that will likely play a role in what Reyes ultimately signs for, whether it’s with the Mets or ...