Mets fans who like Reyes should be excited that the Mets have an interest in keeping him. (Reyes haters have created their own story saying that Sandy Alderson has no interest in keeping him- BS) In the end it will come up to how much Reyes is offered on the free agent market. Obviously the more years and dollars Reyes is being offered by another team, the less of the chance the Mets have to keep him. And lets not be silly, many teams will be making serious offers to sign him.
My personal list of teams that will have the most interest are as follows: Angels, Nationals, Brewers, Giants, Reds and Orioles- in that order. The Mets are somewhere in there, and that will have everything to do with how many years the other teams will be offering Reyes. The dollars will average to about $20 million a season whoever signs him, so thats not as important. You can also never count out the Phillies, Red Sox or Yankees who are always in the market for any free agent. I think its fair to say that Alderson will offer the same amount as the other teams annually, but has a limit when it comes to years.
The biggest thing that I want to know as a fan is: What is the back-up plan if Reyes goes elsewhere? Any real Met fan that suggests the team quit for the next couple of years and not try to compete should just worry about their favorite football team right now. I'm sure those are the same people who don't even go to games. (What a joke.) I'm not saying the mets should spend, spend, spend without Reyes, but they owe their fans a team that can be competitive. Whether additions like Upton, Barmes and Soto are the answers people are looking for or not, a back-up plan of any sort would give a fan a reason to come to the ballpark.
The Mets chance to re-sign Jose Reyes is not very good, but exists. If your gut feeling is he is not coming back, what do you suggest the Mets back-up plan be?
For the record, I'd say 70-30 for Pujols to stay in St. Louis and 5-95 chance for Fielder and the Brewers.