For Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, the waiting game with shortstop Jose Reyes has not ended, and will likely carry into baseball's annual junket of the Winter Meetings. Alderson still hopes to retain Reyes, but also hopes to do so without draining his team's budget for future moves.

It remains unclear if that is possible. The market for Reyes has yet to publicly expand beyond the Mets and the Miami Marlins, who hosted Reyes at their new stadium earlier this month and appear hot on his heels.

On Twitter this afternoon, various reports indicated that Miami was pushing hard to ink Reyes before the meetings begin on Monday in Dallas. But that sentiment cooled by early evening, when The Sun-Sentinel reported that the Marlins were content to negotiate with Reyes next week.