As little as six months ago, it would have been enthralling to hear the rumor that Jose Reyes has the Angels at the top of his list when he hits free agency this off-season. But after the resurgence of Erick Aybar and with the growing concern about just how much payroll Arte Moreno can really afford, I'm not sure that the Angels and their fans are going to have their collective skirt blown up by Reyes' surprising interest in joining the franchise.
It isn't that Reyes isn't a fine player or a poor fit for the Mike Scioscia's system, quite the opposite, in fact. Reyes is an MVP candidate this year with very good reason and his speed-based game makes him arguably the best free agent most well-suited to join the Angels since, well, and I get a lump in my throat even mentioning this but, since Carl Crawford.
And therein lies the rub.
Crawford is such a great comp for Carl Crawford that just about every expert expects Reyes to ask and receive a contract identical to the one Crawford got last winter. The same exact contract that Arte Moreno classified as "crazy." Assuming the Angels even show interest in Reyes after this season, a big "if" by the way, this is already shaping up to be another in a long line of Angel free agency failures, which is probably why the Angels will bow out of the Reyes sweepstakes before it even begins.
That would definitely be a smart financial choice, but is it the right baseball choice?