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Jose Reyes is “probably losing $100,000 a day on the DL”

Aug 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

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We still have nearly two months left in the regular season, but one of the more interesting questions for the Hot Stove will be just how much Jose Reyes will make in free agency given that he has already had two stints on the disabled list this season with a strained left hamstring.

Perception could quickly change if Reyes is able to repeat his month of June in September, of course, but one Mets player told David Lennon of New York Newsday on Monday that “he’s probably losing $100,000 a day on the DL.”

Assuming Reyes spends a similar amount of time on the disabled list as his initial hamstring issue, that means he would stand to lose a little over $3 million total. And that may be kind. While we were having debates a couple of months ago about whether Reyes was worth Carl Crawford money (seven years, $142 million), there’s now a good chance that he will lose a guaranteed year.

Meanwhile, Reyes’ lead agent, Peter Greenberg, is already doing his best to deflect the speedy shortstop’s reputation as an injury-prone player.

“He’s not Cal Ripken,” Greenberg said, “but I think he’s been a lot healthier than a lot of people give him credit for. When he’s out of the lineup, obviously the team misses him, so it gets blown out of proportion because he is so important to the team. I think if you look over the course of time and compare him to a lot of players, he’s as healthy or healthier than a lot of players in the league.”

Reyes dealt with leg problems in the early part of his career, but he played at least 153 games from 2005 to 2008. However, he has appeared in just 267 games since the start of the 2009. Despite that, he is tied for sixth among MLB shortstops since 2009 in FanGraphs War (fWAR). You can bet that many teams will do a careful evaluation of whether Reyes’ production when he is on the field will be worth projected absences due to injury, especially as he makes his way into his 30s.

  1. drunkenhooliganism - Aug 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM

    It’s probably more than that. If he stayed healthy the entire second half, I think he would have gotten that $140 million contract. But missing three weeks or so with a bad hammy probably make him more like an $80 to $100 million contract. So, I think he’s losing about $2 million for every day he’s on the DL

  2. florida727 - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:31 PM

    First of all, I never knew players didn’t get paid while on the DL, so thanks for informing me. That said, if he’s losing $100,000 PER DAY, then you just confirmed what I already knew… athletes are stupidly overpaid. A teacher responsible for educating our next generation can’t afford a freaking two-bedroom house, and some clown stuffing a ball through a hole 10′ off the ground, or a guy that FAILS at the plate 70% of the time, gets MILLIONS? Sorry, but society is a little out of whack.

    • mississippiguy - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:18 PM

      Of course players get paid while on the DL. The author was projecting the amount of money Reyes will potentially lose in free agency as a result of being perceived as injury-prone. And sure, sports stars seem overpaid compared to teachers, but that’s apples and oranges. Sports are big business and the athletes get a share of the pie. Stop being so angry.

    • fatelvis77 - Aug 9, 2011 at 6:23 PM

      No, they get paid while on the DL. What is being referred to is the loss of Reyes’ bargaining power once he hits free agency. He’s losing much more than 100k per day in bargaining power. He’s had significant time on the DL in 09,10 and now 11. Whatever team signs him, whether for 5, 6 or 7 years, is going to have to be prepared to get no more that 80-90% availability in that time. Maybe as little as 60%. So what do we think that kind of expectation is worth for a guy, who when healthy is a genuine star?

    • kiwicricket - Aug 9, 2011 at 10:19 PM

      I really hope you’re not a teacher, as your reading comprehension skills seem below average. The top 2 percent of any Industry on the planet are ridiculously paid(in relative terms) as far as I’m aware. A guy made 500k last year eating Hot-dogs quickly- I would rather this guy make 10Million hitting and throwing a baseball.

  3. dcburden - Aug 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    He’ll probably get fewer guaranteed years, but that may actually jack up the annual value, and he’ll only end up behind if he can’t get another big contract after this one.

  4. paperlions - Aug 9, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    Considering the money generated by MLB, players are probably actually underpaid….now, if prices were lowered to something reasonable, then yeah, they’d be over-paid….but they are the talent on which all revenue generation is based….others (such as owners) are just skimming off the top.

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