There seems to be an almost breathless wait for the New York Mets to begin their inevitable fire sale. It’s all too much of a perfect storm for it not to happen. Let’s go over the check list:

  • Financial trouble for ownership. Check.
  • Veterans in the last year of their contracts. Check.
  • A farm system in need. Check
  • Complete and utter lack of success on the field. Check.
  • New management looking to build a team around their own guys. Check.

While Carlos Beltran and Francisco Rodriguez remain serious candidates to be moved, it’s quite likely that the Mets would get the greatest return by trading shortstop Jose Reyes. At only 27 years of age, Reyes already has three seasons under his belt of 5.5 WAR or better. Unfortunately, after a leg injury limited his 2009 season to only 36 games, he went through a dry spell last year, not looking like the same player at the plate or in the field.

However, he’s returned to form in 2011, getting on base in almost 38% of his at bats and dropping his strikeout rate to a comparatively measly 8.7% from 11.2% last year and 12.9% in 2009, while already racking up 10 stolen bases.

Shortstops with his offensive upside are rare, and no team knows this better than the San Francisco Giants whose hope in a Miguel Tejada revival has all but vanished. That’s why it’s no surprise to learn that the defending World Series Champions are considering Reyes as a trade target. In this scenario, the New York Mets’ all encompassing need at almost every position could help them.

The source noted that a Giants-Mets swap could work in that New York isn’t likely to do what many teams have done to end conversations with Giants general manager Brian Sabean: demand a member of San Francisco’s vaunted starting rotation.

Coming into this season, it was reported that incoming Mets GM Sandy Alderson spoke with Reyes about his plate discipline, and it’s improved steadily from his career numbers. In fact, one month into the season, he’s swinging at less and making contact on more than any of his other full seasons in the league.

With Beltran and Rodriguez coming off the books, one can’t help but wonder if the Mets might be tempted to hold onto their shortstop and try to lock him up for a long term deal. It would be costly, but a healthy Reyes is one of the best shortstops in baseball and one of the only that can hit the way that he does.

And The Rest:

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Florida Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez tells us that dugout catcalls are a part of the game.

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Way to kick a guy while he’s down, literally.

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Andrew Stoeten discovered this commercial last night: