The Miami Marlins are the only team, as of yet, to offer a contract to free agent shortstop Jose Reyes. But it would be unwise to count out his former team, the New York Mets, from contention considering how important he is to that team and organization. But according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, Reyes might be starting to get out of the Mets' price range.
Yet for a club that fully acknowledges it's in teardown mode, the Mets also realize that Reyes' price -- more in years than dollars at this juncture -- is creeping beyond their comfort level. If there's any good news, it's that the Mets fully expect to receive two draft picks for losing Reyes, even as compensation for other players will change thanks to the nearly completed collective bargaining agreement.
The Marlins reportedly offered Reyes a six-year contract with about $90 million. But sources think that Reyes is looking for a contract somewhere in the range of $100 million. If the Mets are already weary of a $90 million contract than I can't imagine they'll stay in the bidding for very long if the price rises.