Report: Jose Reyes May Not Fit Mets' Budget

icon
Friday November 4th, 2011

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.

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide—from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Andy Staples, Grant Wahl, and more—delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.