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Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Posted on: November 11, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 6:42 pm
Reyes Could the Mets trade Jose Reyes?

That's what Matt Pignataro of 7 Train to Shea is reporting, saying that the Mets will look to trade the shortstop at the winter meetings after putting out word he is available.

Reyes, entering the final year of a contract that required an $11 million club option to be exercised for the upcoming season, would be in heavy demand by many teams thanks to scarcity of options at shortstop. Reyes was a top shortstop prior to getting hurt after just 36 games in 2009 with a hamstring strain. He returned to full-time action in 2010, grabbing 603 plate appearances but didn't showcase his previous power nor his plate discipline. As a result, Reyes hit just .282/.321/.428.

The 27-year-old is still young enough and talented enough to recapture his magic, and the Red Sox, Orioles and Rays have already phoned New York to feel the club out about Reyes. Tampa Bay would likely only have passing interest due to how difficult it would be to extend Reyes. The Red Sox, meanwhile, do have prospect Jose Iglesias in the minors but could change up their plans if it meant getting Reyes.

Baltimore may be the best fit as a rebuilding team flush with young talent, an ability to spend for the right person and a desire to bring in a top name player. Other clubs that could be interested include the Yankees (although that opens up a can of worms with Derek Jeter), Tigers, Angels, Mariners, Reds and Giants.

If Reyes is indeed traded, the deal would certainly highlight all the transactions sure to be made at the winter meetings. However, it's not clear how much credence can be given to this report.

-- Evan Brunell

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Category: MLB
Tags: Jose Reyes, Mets

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 13, 2010 12:03 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

I don't disagree that the Yankees are more popular than Mets with all ethnicities in the city.  New Yorkers love winners.  However, the Mets have actively pursued and marketed to draw more Latin fans as that is a large portion of their local fan base. 

"In 2004, our Hispanic attendance was 10 percent," says David Newman, senior vice-president of marketing and communications for the New York Mets. "Now, it's approaching 20 percent. In 2008, we expect a total attendance of 4 million fans, so at 20 percent, that's 800,000 Hispanic Mets fans." 

The past five years have seen that number increase and by all reports, the Mets have about a 25% Latin fan base.  Trading away players who are popular and still have several good years left if they can stay healthy is not wise.  I agree pitching is the most important aspect and if the Mets would pursue a solid number 1 or 2 type they will be competitive next year.

Again, I think you misunderstood me when I said Latinos were a large portion of their fan base.  I should have made it clearer that large didn't mean majority.  But 20 to 25% is a significant number.   

Since: Jul 27, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 10:51 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Army164,you couldn't be more wrong about the Mets Fanbase. It's a predominantly white middle class  fanbase from LI, westchester and the surrounding burroughs. The Yankees have a far more latin flavor to their fanbase..All Met fans want is a competitive team regardless of the nationality of it's players and not the joke that they've been since Minaya took over. As far as trading Reyes,Beltran or any other position player,just take a look at the world Champion Giants, they were one of the weakest hitting teams all year but they can pitch and thats the key ingredient to winning baseball. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 9:56 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Excellent points.  I'd love it if the Mets got Machado, but that doesn't seem reasonable.  The Orioles seem flush with pitching, and that's what the Mets need, so perhaps a trade of Roberts, and Guthrie for Reyes, where the Mets start Tejada at SS (his natural position), instead of 2B so Roberts can play 2B?  Just brain-storming.

Since: Oct 13, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2010 7:28 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Soooo, the Mets are bringing Davey Johnson back, correct?

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2010 5:15 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

From a Sox perspective, this is delicious news. Since trading Nomar, Boston has made so many poor decisions at shortstop (i.e. signing Renteria and Julio freaking Lugo to MASSIVE contracts while merely renting superior players like Orlando Cabrera and Alex Gonzalez). They'd almost certainly have to deal Iglesias, but if they did, it wouldn't make sense unless they signed Reyes to a long term deal right away. Tampa Bay wouldn't make sense because their market is terrible and they couldn't even afford to re-sign Crawford. Baltimore won't be able to compete for several years at least, by which time, Reyes might be on the tail end of his prime and Manny Machado will be ready to enter his. If there's anyway for the Sox to acquire Reyes and negotiate a long term deal immediately, I'd be willing to deal just about anyone except Casey Kelley.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:58 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Have read two reports now that would have the Mets trading Beltran or Reyes or both.  That's just plain stupid.  Money isn't a huge issue (it matters but not that much) but drawing fans is.  I don't know if the Mets leadership is smart enough to figure out that a large portion of their fan base in NYC is Latino.  So trading away two Latin ballplayers, who when healthy are pretty darn good, just doesn't make a lot of sense.  Reyes was away for nearly a year and took a while to get started but had an excellent seond half last year.  Beltran played well and hit with power in September.  The Mets need a number one/two pitcher, left handed would be great, and a decent second baseman.  Getting Beltran healthy and then playing him is a far better choice then trying to trade a guy who will not get anything close in equal value.  Reyes will be fine.  A lineup of Reyes, Pagan, Wright, Beltran, Davis, Bay, Thole, new 2B should produce some runs.   Sometimes the best trades are the nes you don't make.

Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2010 12:19 am

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

He didn't mention Lincecum because Lincecum isn't eligible for arbitration......he signed a two year extension last year avoiding arbitration for 21 million over 2 years.  He was paid 8 million last year and he will be paid 13 million in 2011.  Might want to check your facts next time.

Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2010 11:57 pm

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

I can't believe you discussed arbitration-eligible contracts without mentioning Tim Lincecum. He might get a few more dollars this year...

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:43 pm

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

Sounds good, Zdoood-- but only one problem.  Are the Giants willing to add a minimum of $XX million in payroll to pull of this roster you're assembling?

Juan Uribe will cost a minimum of $4-5 million since his contract was $3.25 million in 2010.
Dan Uggla will need to be traded from the Marlins since he's still under their control.  In 2010 he cost $7.25 million and will expect $8-9 million for 2011.

Aubrey Huff only cost $3 million in 2010 but should expect $5-6 million for 2011 since he was coming off of a 3-year/$20 million contract in Baltimore at the end of 2008.

Bringing over Jose Reyes would add $11 million to the bottom line for 2011 and would cost high level prospects, if not Major League ready talent, possibly right off the Giants 25-man roster.

You've just added a bare minimum of $28-31 million for 2011 and haven't even considered the arbitration-eligible contracts of Brian Wilson ($4.4375 million in 2010 and should get at least $6-7 million for 2011) or Jonathan Sanchez ($2.1 million in 2010; should get at least $4 million in 2011).  There's another $10-11 million on top of the $28-31 million for the infield and it just cost you $38-42 million to take a run at going back-to-back.  The opening day payroll was a shade over $96 million and you've got them now coming into 2011 at somewhere around $135-140 million.  Not even the Yankees are boosting their payroll 40% from one season to the next.  Keep dreaming!

Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2010 9:37 pm

Report: Mets might trade Jose Reyes

The Mets will trade Reyes for what?.....His value is low but a team might give a couple of high end prospects I can't see that happening. but it is possible.

The Mets need help in so many areas that Alderson should begin his rebuilding plan. Get some prospects and down the road pickup a free agent or two and maybe they will have something. The Mets are going to suffer at the box office anyway, so matter as well give the fans some young hustling players. 

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