I knew this day was coming. Didn't you? And, just like I also knew would happen, I'm totally torn on the reality of what might be about to happen. My brain knows it is not wise to give Jose Reyes more than five years. But, emotionally, I am beyond disappointed about this - and actually sad - to know he might not be back next year (and worse, playing for the freaking Marlins).
The Mets are probably doing the right thing here, and it seems their thinking is oddly in line with most fans (at least based on the polls being run on this site). Nevertheless, this isn't going to stop every fan from being pissed, and it will not stop reporters from saying the Mets are broke and framing this as them 'letting him go.'
Personally, I would have given him a six-year deal. I mean, seriously, what's the difference at that point? For starters, those last few years will likely be the next GM's problem anyway. But, most important, this is New York City, there is a level of expectation that must be met to stay relevant, and I think fighting to keep him sends a positive signal to everyone involved.