I stood with a couple of guys from the Real Dirty Mets Blog yesterday and watched Jose Reyes awesomely get in to his awesome car and leave the complex, awesomely. We got to talking about how badly we want him back in a Mets uniform next year and years to come.
So I’m wondering what you think would be a fair price for an extension for Jose Reyes right now. Knowing that he can be awesome, but hasn’t been for a couple of seasons.
As I mentioned before, until 2008 Reyes and Carl Crawford were remarkably similar offensive players, and Reyes plays the more valuable defensive position. Crawford got a seven year, $142 million contract from the Red Sox in free agency. But Crawford got that deal coming off the best season of his career in 2010. Reyes is coming off two straight injury-plagued years, and a 2010 that saw his on-base percentage drop to its lowest mark since he was 22 in 2005.
We don’t have to make these decisions, which is good. And we don’t fully know the extent to which the Mets’ financial problems will hamstring them moving forward. But would you sign Reyes to, I don’t know, a five-year, $90 million extension today? Would Reyes accept that, or would the allure of getting Crawford money on the open market be too great? What would the Mets need to spend to lock him up, and should they?