Mets must empty pockets for Reyes

If the star is to remain in N.Y., the front office will have to be the highest bidder

Updated: July 21, 2011, 9:24 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Alone at his locker, preparing to resume his run at a staggering free-agent score, Jose Reyes studied the question the way he would measure a left-hander's pickoff move from first base.

Would you take a little less money than the highest competing bid to remain a New York Met?

Every hour, on the hour, Reyes has expressed his desire to finish his career as a Met, to be the kind of one-uniform lifer Derek Jeter has been in the Bronx. So before he returned from his hamstring ...

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