Let's play a little game of Devil's Advocate.
We all pretty much know that there can really only be three outcomes to the Jose Reyes contract negotiation saga: The first -- and best -- outcome entails Jose re-signing with the Mets, likely for a boatload, but living up to every penny of said boatload. This outcome includes some combination of MVP's, World Series rings, dreadlocks and pretty much lives up to all of our hopes and dreams.
But let's put that outcome aside for now and look at the less palatable endings to this story:
Behind Door #1, Jose re-signs with his hometown club, again, for a boatload of cash. However, in this reality Jose does not live up to the money. Be it injury, regression, whatever, Jose just doesn't justify the sure-to-be $100+M contract and as a result hamstrings the Mets financially for at least a couple seasons and certainly jeopardizes their chances to be competitive.
Behind Door #2, Jose leaves the Mets, signing on the dotted line with club X this winter. He then goes on to have that storybook career that we've all dreamed of, but does so in another uniform. So again, MVP's, rings, dreads, but all for some other team, for some other fans. The Mets chances to win aren't necessarily directly impacted, but they are certainly left wondering how they could ever let a potentially Hall of Fame-caliber homegrown shortstop out of their grasp.
So the question is simple, which scenario is the lesser of the two evils?