The Mets remain highly unlikely to offer Jose Reyes a Carl Crawford-like contract in the seven-year, $142MM range, according to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. Both the guaranteed money and the length of Crawford’s contract would be unappealing to the Mets, Martino reports.
Reyes, who has a case for a substantial free agent contract, could return to New York by agreeing to a five or six year deal or if the Mets change their current position. The Mets’ decision to hold onto Reyes at last week’s trade deadline does not reflect a change in thinking. “Nothing has changed,” Martino’s source said, adding that the Mets remain “nervous” about Reyes’ free agency.
The Mets will likely be able to obtain a pair of top draft picks if they offer the shortstop arbitration and he declines to sign elsewhere, since he projects as a Type A free agent.