Wednesday’s article in the New York Times on New York Mets shortstop Jose Reyes opens like a mystery novel that purposely leads its readers astray for the first third of the book before explaining in a single chapter what was really going on. It then does readers the disservice of continuing with a brand new narrative as though the time invested in the first third of the book was completely worthless.

The Toronto Blue Jays contacted the Mets in spring training to find out their plans regarding several of their players, including Reyes, according to two baseball officials aware of the situation. It is believed that Alex Anthopoulos, Toronto’s general manager, made only exploratory contact and that no trade proposals were made.

Anthopoulos is an aggressive general manager who values athletic players like Reyes, and he is expected to have a lot of money to spend in free agency. Toronto is monitoring Reyes’s progress and could become involved if, as seems likely, Reyes reaches free agency after this season.

Yeah, along with half the other teams in baseball.

In all likelihood, Reyes will be a hot commodity this offseason. He’ll be one of the only elite players available through free agency, and while the Carl Crawford numbers that struck fear in the heart and mind of owner Fred Wilpon may be something of an exaggeration, it wouldn’t be totally outrageous to see the Mets shortstop land a contract worth more than $100 million.

Which brings us to the idea that the Mets might have some interest in cutting bait on a player that they’re unlikely to resign and moving him before the trade deadline. There’s a sentiment that exists that Reyes could be had on the cheap considering the Mets supposedly dire financial situation, but maybe we should settle down on that sort of speculation.

Yes, there’s a natural trading partner for Reyes in the San Francisco Giants who, after Buster Posey’s injury, are in an even more desperate need of offense. And as long as the Giants have Miguel Tejada positioned as their shortstop, you can assume they’ll be looking for an upgrade.

However, the Mets don’t need to trade Reyes for anything less than the equivalent of a first round player, something that would come their way in compensation if they hang on to him and offer arbitration during the offseason. The Mets aren’t the Dodgers. They’re still capable of going over slot at this year’s draft and in all likelihood should have a $100 – $145 million payroll next season.

Any team willing to trade for Reyes would have to be certain that either a) Reyes will sign an extension with his new team or b) Reyes is THE missing piece of the puzzle on a World Series winning team. Anything less would be prospects foolishly spent.

And The Rest

While we’re talking about the Mets, it seems like the right time to introduce you to their new silent owner (who likely won’t remain too silent for long) David Einhorn.

Article of the Day: Ken Rosenthal explains his thoughts on accusatory writing. He nails it, and then some.

Warning: Carl Crawford is playing like Carl Crawford again.

Aroldis Chapman threw two innings for Louisville yesterday. It didn’t go too well.

Matt Wieters is making Baseball Prospectus look foolish.

Another game another pitcher. The story is becoming all too familiar for the Cincinnati Reds who lost to the Phillies as pitcher Homer Bailey got injured.

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim signed the always fascinating Russell Branyan.

The Kansas City Royals have added Felipe Paulino to their roster while dropping Robinson Tejada.

John Rhadigan lasted only two months as the Texas Rangers play by play voice.

It’s a new baseball show that sounds really old.

Beyond The Box Score takes a look at game times. The Yankees and Red Sox enjoy taking their time.

The interleague baseball logo is awesome.

Yep. This happened once:

Comments (14)

  1. Reyes is intruiging because he’s exactly the type of player that AA seems to love and is relatively young. It would take a major resurgence from Hill for Toronto to pick up the rest of his contract now, so they’ll need a 2B and I’m assuming that either Reyes or Escobar wouldn’t mind playing there.

    However, you’re probably right that someone will pay a LOT of money for Reyes and hopefully AA won’t be the GM to mistakenly do that.

  2. At first blush I could understand the interest that the Jays would have in someone like Reyes. He would provide a slight upgrade on the YEscobar at the top of the order and would allow YEscobar to slot into the 2nd spot in the order where he belongs. Unfortunately the complication at that point would be that the team would have 2 very capable SS, and only one place to play them. Theoretically one could shift to 3B (thereby blocking Lawrie) or 2B (replacing Aaron `”Infield Fly” Hill). Unfortunately I don`t see either of these guys being happy with a change in position.
    The other major issue with Reyes is the 100M$ elephant in the room. I don`t know how comfortable AA would be handing out a contract of that nature to a guy who makes his living mostly with his legs.
    It`s interesting to ponder but I think the Jays would be better off longterm not adding Reyes to the fold.

  3. If you look at Escobar’s body type, he’s almost destined to shift positions in the next couple of years. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him shift to second.

  4. It wouldn`t surprise me to see him shift either, just not sure how happy he would be with the shift. Granted his happiness should be secondary to the team, I just don`t want a sulking 2B.
    I am still not sure that the big contract to Reyes wouldn`t be a huge regret.
    I would prefer to go after a guy like Bourn this season or in the off-season. Estimate on fangraphs that he may get a 4/40 deal. At that price I would rather have him at the top of the order and patrolling CF.

  5. The Mets’ new owner is David Einhorn? What the…that’s it! That’s it! Einhorn is Finkle. Finkle is Einhorn!

  6. Unless this was a typo and “Jose Reyes” means Prince Fielder, I would say pass. The kid gets hurt ALL THE TIME. My nerves can’t handle a major piece of our lineup missing 50-70 games a year.

  7. Hey Ray,
    Why Prince?

  8. @ Eric; 4 reasons
    1. He’s durable; hasn’t missed more than 5 games ever
    2. He’s amazing. He gets on base and hits the hell out of the ball. A Bautista-Fielder-Lind heart of the order is the kind of lineup you win a championship with.
    3. He plays a position we don’t have an obvious in house solution for: we’re not the Yankees, we can have a regular DH without risking anything really.
    4. If the Jays are serious about 2012, its the kind of move that really creates momentum among the fanbase, and spending money on a consistent producer can’t be all bad. And if he refuses to resign, he’s a definite type A FA.

    As an add-on, he’s from Ontario!… California.

  9. What? Christ, Jose Reyes’s winless streak is even longer than Jo-Jo’s! Th-the… the media!!

    Defeat this trade!

  10. Really good points on Fielder. Almost have me convinced. But a couple things to consider.
    He wont come here or anywhere in the AL to play DH. So it means moving Lind back there, and I wonder how it affects his hitting.
    But what really concerns me, is having a guy with his body signed for 7 or more years. There is no way his obesity does not catch up with him once he hits 30. Did you know he is a vegetarian? Empirically, this would suggest he is as big as he is because of an awful diet full of sugar.

  11. I suspect Fielder’s opposition to DH is more philosophy than fact, and once he realizes that DH means he can spend half the game sitting around, he’ll come around.
    As to Prince breaking down, luckily we have a VERY relevant comparison in his father Cecil. The big guy was at the top of his game until his age 33 season, when the wheels fell off. If we gave Prince a hefty 6 year contract, we’d be signing him through age 34. Even a 7 year deal would only take him to 35. A small price to pay for the best (?) one two punch of any baseball team through our contending window.
    Some people are just fat, doesn’t mean our DH will end up with type 2 diabetes. Plus, we haven’t had anyone mockably fat since Boomer Wells (fat Edwin doesn’t count, nothing funny about that), and I miss it.

  12. Impressively, I think Ray’s almost got me on the Sign Fielder! bandwagon.

  13. I think our resident ginger is doing a pretty good job of impersonating Boomer Wells.

  14. Incredible writing. I have bookmarked that without a doubt.

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