It’s Reyes’ call if he stays or not.

The Mets will make an offer for Jose Reyes this winter. Bet on it. He’s a core member of this team, which often wins when he’s on his game. However, making an offer and staying aren’t necessarily linked. And, the Einhorn deal falling through will have little bearing on the outcome.

REYES: What's he thinking?

How badly the Mets want to retain Reyes will be reflected in the dollar offer, which this spring was referred to as “Crawford money,” as in $142 million over seven years. At the time, Fred Wilpon said it wouldn’t happen, that something always happens to Reyes. Wilpon took heat for it at the time, but he was right.

Something has happened as in the form of two trips to the disabled list with hamstring injuries, critical for a speed player. The Mets need to be cautious with their offer to Reyes, even if there were no financial black clouds overhead. He’s a player who relies on legs that have been hurt. If it’s not the legs, it’s the oblique. It is always something.

The guy hasn’t stayed on the field for a complete season in three years and you know he’ll ask for at least five. Right now, that would be a risk.

The Mets might load up on the bucks and shorten up on the years. They could come in with $60 million over three years and if he proves healthy go through the process again. Or, maybe $80 million over four years. Even that’s a gamble for a team with as many questions as the Mets will face this winter.

Hometown discount? Probably not, even though the Mets did give him a long term deal early in his career when he desperately needed the money.

Both offers I listed are $20 million a season which is far from chump change. If Reyes likes New York as much as he says he does, he could consider going short and doing it again, and if he stays healthy, get another payday.

Both offers are enough for him and his family for generations, to live comfortable for the rest of their lives. The examples like Jered Weaver who ask “how much is enough?” are few and far between, and I don’t believe Reyes is one of those players.

The Mets will make an offer that would make him the highest-paid position player in franchise history and up there at his position with the likes of Derek Jeter, who has done it for 15 years. Their offer shouldn’t be classified as cheap considering Reyes’ issues, but will likely be rejected.

The contract won’t be what Reyes wants, but it will be more than what he needs. It’s all on him whether he stays.

3 thoughts on “It’s Reyes’ call if he stays or not.

  1. They can pony up the money for Reyes, keep the present OF, INF, catchers, and most of the bench and starting rotation, and just add a few relievers and a bench guy or two to keep the budget at $110 or under. With Davis, Murphy, and (hopefully) Santana returning, Wright for a full season, a Pagan and even Pelfrey getting a few million more in arbitration, they should be improved.

    Personally, I would bump the budget up to go after C. J. Wilson (dumping Pelf).

  2. Like I said before, with the 200 large from Einhorn the Mets would be in much better position. Financially and hopefully with the inevitable ownership change leadership.

    I have no confidence in this bunch of misfits. They have been invisible mostly this year because they are preoccupied with saving their money, both from the lawsuit and the now failed minority bid.

    Reyes should be with this franchise because he makes the team better. At the same time I think he will be overpaid because of the injury history he has.

    I hope he is here because as much as I like Ruben he is no Jose.

    If the team is rebuilding then Jose, David and Johan will not be here. Neither will Pelf as he will get paid a decent amount for a #4 pitcher.

    We have a number of issues for next year. Bay still can’t hit and is a liability in the lineup. We have to find out if Ike can still play and we have the corner OF’s to figure out. Then there is the whole rotation. While they have done relatively well that is from a base of low expectations. Then there is the pen. We have no closer and our catching is weak.

    It will be years before we have a competitive team.