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  1. no mention on the monster year he was having this year before the hamstring injuries cropped up again eh?

    Comment by tom — August 24, 2011 @ 3:32 pm

  2. I’d be really surprised if Reyes took 4/20. I think if team’s are offering him that, he’ll take a 1 year somewhere, and try to put up another big year.

    Comment by RC — August 24, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

  3. Braun’s extension this summer was 5 years, $105 mil, but that was an extension, not a new contract. It seems like he gets hurt for a bit every summer, and plays a position with less premium and worse defense. I wouldn’t be surprised for Reyes to get 100/5 with that 100 million being loaded with incentives based on plate appearances or games played.

    Comment by Fiesta — August 24, 2011 @ 3:44 pm

  4. Quick question.

    Do you mean $20M over 4 years ($5M a year)


    $80M over 4 years ($20M a year)?

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — August 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  5. I think you need to re-read the article.

    Comment by Eric — August 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  6. he says injuries could cost him $20 million over the four years

    Comment by Richard — August 24, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

  7. Reyes would seem to be a good candidate for a less years / higher average salary contract. With his injury history, teams will be wary of giving him 5-7 years. He could ask for a 4-year only deal, but with a higher average salary than he would get with a longer contract. The upside for him would be that he is only be 32 after the 2015 season, and if he continues to produce could possibly score one more big multi-year contract that he would not get coming off a longer initial contract.

    Re DL and big deals, Tulo was on DL in 2010 b/c he was hit by a pitch, which he clearly recovered from fine (the late homer binge). I imagine this the least-concerning type of injury when considering a long-term deal, since really just a random occurence that does not suggest any sort of susceptibility to injury. And the Mauer contract already looks pretty terrible.

    Comment by Arthur Xavier Corvelay — August 24, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

  8. I think Reyes’ age (he turned 28), premium position, and marketability will bump him up closer to the 5/100 range than historical precedent might suggest. These types of players don’t show up every year.

    I also suspect that a team looking to make a splash in the off-season could think they know how to “fix” Reyes, since outside of his lost 2009, his injuries have been more of the nagging sort than serious, surgery-required issues.

    Comment by Dunston — August 24, 2011 @ 5:07 pm

  9. How much of the blame goes to the Mets incompetent training staff?
    Perhaps if he had spent the past few seasons in another organization he would have missed far fewer games due to “lingering” injuries.

    Comment by cs3 — August 24, 2011 @ 6:41 pm

  10. How clever and ballsy would it be for Milwaukee to take the Prince Fielder money and offer Reyes a contract? The Brewers would see a larger upgrade at SS than probably every other team in baseball and it would allow them to compete, possibly defend their division title again in 2012.

    Comment by LionoftheSenate — August 24, 2011 @ 8:29 pm

  11. Does fangraphs have former MLB players contribute to the website? Or is this not the one time Rangers all-star?

    Comment by Ousy — August 24, 2011 @ 9:45 pm

  12. I am not him, but I would love to meet him one day.

    Comment by Jeff Zimmerman — August 24, 2011 @ 9:47 pm

  13. I think that’s common knowledge at this point. He produces when he’s on the field but he’s had an injury each of the past few seasons. Tough to give out a huge long term deal to a guy that gets shelved every year.

    Comment by Pat — August 24, 2011 @ 9:52 pm

  14. Not really a good comparison. Braun has missed 11, 4, 5, and 11 games 2008-2011, his only 4 full seasons in the majors. Reyes (after being durable his first few seasons) has missed a big majority of 2009 (129 games), 29 games last year, and 32 games so far this year.

    Also, while Reyes plays a more valuable position, and is better at doing so, Braun is a significantly better hitter (career wRC+ 111 vs. 148).

    Comment by Matt — August 24, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

  15. silly you, everyone knows REAL baseball players don’t believe in this stats nonsense ;)

    Comment by jim — August 25, 2011 @ 12:15 am

  16. Here’s a key question, though–who do people expect are going to be bidding for Reyes, anyway? The Yankees will have the money, but they’re probably best off keeping Jeter at short rather than sticking him elsewhere; the Red Sox have made their big expenditures already; Philly will revolt if Rollins isn’t re-signed; both Chicago teams have young guys they probably want to keep, as do Texas and Detroit; St. Louis probably needs all the money it’s got to keep Pujols; the Dodgers have obvious financial problems. I suppose the Angels might make a move, but they’re operating on high payroll already and have a fair amount committed to overpaid guys–can they find room? Do the Giants want to risk another big-money contract before Rowand and Zito run out? Can the Reds add payroll safely? Is some team going to come out of nowhere, like Washington for Jayson Werth? If the Mets are the only ones seriously bidding, that’ll obviously affect the price…

    Comment by DJLetz — August 25, 2011 @ 12:30 pm

  17. It’s a clever idea, but who do they also sign to play the other ~60 or so games when Reyes is on the DL? Do they keep Yuni around for that? Maybe they can get Jack Wilson to hang around one more year as a cheap backup.

    Comment by joser — August 25, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

  18. Giants will have a 2012 payroll of 120 million without Reyes.

    Would ownership go all in next year while their window is open and before Lincecum and Cain hit FA ?

    Could structure a backloaded 5 year deal with Reyes to mitigate the Rowand/Zito contracts tied around their necks.

    Dunno. How big of players will the Giants be considering their farm prospects at SS are all glove and the team offense leaves much to be desired?

    Comment by Scout Finch — August 25, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

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