The Mets took care of an expected piece of business Wednesday, offering free-agent shortstop Jose Reyes arbitration.
The Mets made the move to make sure that they would be compensated with 2012 Draft picks if Reyes, a Type A free agent, signs with another club.
It is likely that Reyes will not accept the Mets' offer, because if he did, he would be agreeing to play for the Mets for another year with a pay raise from the $11 million he made in 2011 and would be forgoing the opportunity to secure a multiyear offer for a lot more money.
If Reyes signs with another team, the Mets will get a "sandwich pick," which is a pick between the first and second rounds of next year's First-Year Player Draft, and the first selection of the team that signs him (or the second-round selection of that club if the club has one of the top 15 picks).
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