Jose Reyes is having the best year of his career and is a leading candidate to be the National League’s Most Valuable Player. And now, the Mets appear to be having second-thoughts on trading their All-Star shortstop.Earlier this year, Mets owner Fred Wilpon famously said that Reyes won’t get “Carl Crawford money” when he hits the free agent market this upcoming off-season. Crawford signed a 7-year, $142 million contract with the Red Sox this past winter.
Reyes, who only played 169 games the past two seasons combined, is hitting .354 with 40 extra-base hits and 30 stolen bases at the midway mark of the season (through Sunday).
He has also been worth 5.3 WAR*, which leads the NL and is second only to Jose Bautista in the Major Leagues. Reyes is on pace for 10.5 WAR which would shatter his previous high of 6.4 in 2008. For comparison, Josh Hamilton led the Majors in 2010 with 8.7 WAR.
Previously we showed that Reyes’ last three full seasons were actually better than Crawford’s three years prior to free agency. Since then, his numbers have only gotten better.
And then consider that Reyes is worth more to the Mets as a franchise player because of his popularity amongst Mets fans. And all of the sudden it is beginning to look like it will take at least a Crawford-like contract to re-sign Reyes.
If the Mets are serious about keeping Reyes, Wilpon may have been right. Reyes won’t get “Crawford money.” He’ll get more.
* Wins Above Replacement (via Fangraphs.com) is an estimation of the number of Wins a player has been worth to his team above that of a replacement-level player. All players, regardless of position, are ranked on the same scale.
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