Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun would love to see Jose Reyes sign with the Brewers this offseason and went as far as to say that his team is more likely to land Jose Reyes in free agency than re-sign Prince Fielder, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Braun is a huge fan of Reyes and admits that when the Mets are on, he watches the games just to watch Jose Reyes play.
“Reyes is dynamic, man — he is one of the most exciting players in the game. He plays with a lot of energy and a lot of emotion and I enjoy watching him play. He’s one of my favorite players to watch. Whenever their games are on, I love watching him, man. He always plays the game the right way. He always plays hard. He runs everything out.”
With the odds very high that Prince Fielder will be wearing another uniform in 2012, Reyes going to the Brewers really isn’t that far-fetched. The Brewers could have an opening at shortstop because Yuniesky Betancourt’s contract expires after the season, and the team must decide whether to exercise a club option on him for next season. Plus as Braun pointed out, Reyes will come a lot cheaper that Fielder – $30-50 million dollars cheaper.
What’s interesting to note is how Ryan Braun gushes over Reyes and it’s quite obvious that his respect for Jose Reyes is very genuine. Reyes edged out Braun for the batting title this season after taking himself out of the game after one at-bat, causing many Mets fans to turn on him – and yet Braun himself is pushing for Reyes to join him on the Brewers and encouraging his team to sign him.