Mets’ Hopes Of Retaining Reyes Fading

Though the Mets maintain some interest in Jose Reyes and might be prepared to offer a four-year deal in the $60-70MM range, they don’t expect the shortstop to return, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Reyes, a Type A free agent who officially hit the market yesterday, is one of the top available players of the offseason.

One Mets official expects Reyes to “be blown away” by another team. Another official agrees that the team’s chances of retaining the shortstop aren’t good: “my instinct is no shot.”

Sherman explains that Reyes may wait for Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder to sign before agreeing to a deal of his own. The Mets don't expect Reyes to sign before the Winter Meetings, but his agent, Peter Greenberg says there's no timetable set for the shortstop, according to Dan Martin of the Post. As Sherman points out, the Cardinals, Brewers, Nationals, Marlins and Phillies are among the teams that could express interest in the 28-year-old.

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