Jose Reyes will be the top free agent middle infielder this offseason and one of the top free agents overall. However, the Mets announced yesterday that the shortstop is on the disabled list with a left hamstring strain for the second time this year. There's lots to like about Reyes, but injuries, especially recurring ones, can scare free agent bidders away. Here's the latest on Reyes:
- Mets GM Sandy Alderson told Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger that to evaluate Reyes, you have to take everything into account. “As with all players, you’ve got to accept certain aspects of their performance, their makeup, their physical characteristics — and evaluate accordingly,” he said.
- Newsday's Ken Davidoff wonders how the narrative surrounding Reyes' free agency will unfold this winter. Ultimately, we need to see how the season plays out first – as we've seen in the last six weeks, perceptions can change quickly.
- One unnamed Mets player told Newsday's David Lennon that Reyes is "probably losing $100K a day on the DL."
- I said five weeks ago that Reyes would probably prove owner Fred Wilpon wrong and sign for Carl Crawford money. I now expect that Reyes will fall short of $142MM.