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Report: Jose Reyes May Not Fit Mets' Budget

Some in the New York Mets front office are not optimistic about the club’s ability to re-sign All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

The Mets have expressed interest in re-signing the National League batting champion, however they have repeatedly indicated that they would do so only at a price that fits their budget. Reyes, 28, had a breakout year in 2011 and will likely demand one of the highest contracts out of any player in baseball this offseason.

“I think he will be blown away by someone else,” one Mets official told the Post.

“My instinct is no shot,” another Mets official told the Post. “I think if [GM] Sandy [Alderson] asked for it, ownership would follow his recommendations. But where the money is going to go it is not going to be the best way to spend the money, not on one player and not one player with this hamstring thing.”

In 2011, Reyes hit .337/.384/.493 with 39 stolen bases, 101 runs, and a league-leading 16 triples. Over the course of his nine-year career he has hit .292/.341/.441 and averaged 57 stolen bases per year.

The Mets shortstop is finishing a four-year, $23.25 million deal he signed with the Mets in 2007, which allowed the club to exercise a $9 million option to keep him for 2011. Analysts expect that he will demand a similar contract to the one that Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was awarded this offseason, which was worth $142 million over seven years.

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