Several sources are now reporting that the market for Jose Reyes is not as big as most initially expected and in fact the only two teams in the hunt may be just the Marlins and the Mets.
Jon Heyman reported that the Braves, Giants and Phillies are all out while the Tigers and Brewers are questionable at best. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports actually goes a step further and says the Tigers and Brewers are out barring any sudden changes in plans.
The Mets have yet to make an offer to Reyes, but Sandy Alderson plans to meet with him at the Winter Meetings in Dallas and yesterday during a conference call with reporters he reiterated his priority to re-sign the all star shortstop. ”I certainly would hope we’ll have conversations certainly by the time we get to Dallas, or at Dallas,” Alderson said.
Meanwhile the Marlins have already offered Reyes a six-year deal worth somewhere between $70-90 million dollars, but according to Heyman the Marlins are willing to increase their offer and give Reyes a take it or leave it deadline. One baseball executive told CBS that “everyone seems to think Reyes is the right fit for the Marlins.”
Heyman heard from a source that the Mets are willing to offer Reyes a five-year, $80MM contract which if true would give Reyes a higher average annual salary than the Marlins deal.
I’m starting to get the feeling that Alderson may have played his cards perfectly and unless Reyes gets another team to bid on him, there’s a good chance he won’t see that $100 million dollar contract that seemed like a lock a month ago.
This is starting to get interesting.