I will point out that even if Reyes departs, the Mets have a reasonable replacement in Ruben Tejada. Just 22 on Opening Day 2012, Tejada hit a very solid .284/.360/.335 in 98 games for the Mets. Sure, he didn't hit for any power as his .052 isolated slugging makes plain, but his plate discipline peripherals were strong, a 9.3% walk rate and a 13.3% k/rate. In fact, his wRC+ was 100, precisely Major League average. Even more to the point, among all shortstops with over 350 plate appearances, he was 14th. He fell comfortably in a group that included Alexei Ramirez (96), Elvis Andrus (96), Hanley Ramirez (96 -suffering through his worst year as a professional), Jamey Carroll (104) and Derek Jeter (104) clustered within four percentage points of average. Given that Tejada is the second-youngest of the top 30 shortstops sorted by wRC+, older only than Starlin Castro, he has plenty of room for growth. Again, he's not Reyes, who was the best offensive shortstop in baseball in 2011 by rate, but he certainly looks like a capable Major League player.
I'm loathe to use defensive statistics over partial seasons, but Tejada, by UZR and defensive runs saved grades out as near average in the last two years.
What what else is in the minors?
AAAReuben Tejada actually led the Buffalo Bisons in games played with 53. He actually hit better in the big leagues than in AAA (.246/.314/.353).
Luis Figueroa, who will be 38 by Opening Day 2012, hit .294/.348/.369 in 101 games split between shortstop, third base, second base and the outfield.
AAJordany Valdespin played 78 games at shortstop for AA Binghamton. Did you realize that prior to 2011, he had played 47 games at short stop in his entire minor league career? Really. Coming into this year, scouts did not think he could handle shortstop everyday, questioning both his hands and arm. They weren't wrong. Valdespin tied for second in the Eastern League shortstops with 26 errors. That's an error every three games. Errors aren't perfect, but they do illustrate a point here. At age 24 by Opening Day 2012, he'll be two years older than Ruben
Of course, Valdespin can hit: his .297/.341/.483 with 15 homers and 33 stolen bases was eye-opening. I certainly don't regard him as a competitor to Tejada at short if Reyes isn't resigned. Rather, he's a second baseman, who like Justin Turner can slide over to short stop in a pinch.