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.
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The interleague baseball logo is awesome.
Yep. This happened once: