The Marlins and Mets may be the last two contenders remaining in the Jose Reyes sweepstakes, and the Marlins "hopes are high" that they will land the free agent shortstop, reports CBSSports.com's Scott Miller (passed on by his CBS colleague Matt Snyder). Another baseball source tells Miller, "everyone seems to think Reyes is the right fit for the Marlins."
The Braves, Giants and Phillies are out of the bidding, according to SI.com's Jon Heyman, with the Brewers and Tigers seen as "iffy" or very unlikely candidates by Heyman and CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. So, unless a fringe suitor like the Red Sox get involved, it may be down to just the two NL East rivals. ~MLB Trade Rumors~
This is all a lot of speculation, but the writing appears to be on the wall that the market for Jose Reyes has fizzled or never really got going in the first place. As will be the case with both Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder, there was really no chance for the Reyes negotiations to get astronomical without the inclusion of the Yankees and RedSox, who are both set at the shortstop position.
If Reyes doesn't attract some additional suitors during the Winter Meetings next week, this scenario is entirely possible. If I had told you just one month ago that Jose Reyes will have to decide between the Mets and the Marlins, I think many Mets fans would have liked our changes.
Ultimately, its still early. But things might just be shaking the Mets way...
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