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Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Posted on: May 6, 2011 10:42 am

By Matt Snyder

Remember the rampant Cliff Lee speculation? Or Jake Peavy, Alfonso Soriano (on the Nationals), Randy Johnson (Mariners) or any number of guys who you heard were going to about seven different places for months leading up to the trade deadline in recent memory?

That's going to be Jose Reyes this year. The reasons are obvious:

1. The Mets aren't likely to retain him after this season. He's a free agent, they have money issues and he's going to command a pretty big salary in the open market. Unless the Mets totally reverse course and decide to deal David Wright for a load of prospects and then re-up and build around Reyes, there's very little chance a team losing money can afford to get into a bidding war. They need all the relief they can get (thank Madoff again, Mets fans).

2. The 2011 Mets aren't going anywhere. It's early, but they're already 8 1/2 games out in the NL East. There are three far superior teams in the NL East, which means the Wild Card won't be an option either.

3. There are plenty of contenders with a hole at shortstop. Jon Heyman of offered up the Cardinals, Giants, Brewers, Red Sox, Twins and Mariners in his most recent column. Some of those make a lot of sense for varying reasons. For me, the Mariners don't. Not in the least. The others do, though. The Cardinals could use Ryan Theriot at second base and have a paper-thin infield at this point. The Giants would get a huge upgrade to what's left of Miguel Tejada. The Brewers have mortgaged the future to go after the prize this season (Prince Fielder's last in Milwaukee), so grabbing a few months of Reyes would make sense -- if they can find a package of worthy prospects to send back. Which they probably don't, but you never know. The Red Sox would be replacing Jed Lowrie/Marco Scutaro. The Twins would get a huge upgrade over Alexi Casilla, but they would need to get healthy and back in contention to even think about it. As for others? If the Braves want to upgrade from Alex Gonzalez, though I'm not sure the Mets deal within the division. What about the Tigers, if they are in the thick of the AL Central race come July? They could definitely use him at short and atop the order.

4. He's proving healthy and in his prime. Injuries have hampered Reyes for the better part of the past two seasons, but he's doing everything right now to show he's back. He's hitting .313 with a .363 on-base percentage, 19 runs, 10 doubles, three triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 11 stolen bases. He's showing good range in the field and is playing with the fire he's always had. This guy is a catch. So expect a bidding war, where the Mets can land a pretty good package back.

It's May 6. July 31 is a long way away. That's a lot of Jose Reyes talk. Just don't say I didn't warn you in mid-July when you're sick of hearing about it.

So, in my best George Costanza voice: I declare this, the summer of Reyes!

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 1:43 am

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

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Since: Oct 7, 2011
Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:59 am

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: May 9, 2011 2:10 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Beltran is having a good, not great year.  Perhaps we differ on what we call an all star year.  Krod, while his stats look good on the outside, his peripherals are a little troubling, including his extremely high whip, and the amount of walks he has given up.  I would be surprised if his ERA doesn't go way up if his walks continue.

Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: May 7, 2011 4:55 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Mr. Jade,
I was with you up until the following statement:

Beltran and Krod are HARDLY having all-star years
Beltran, after being limited to 500 abs the past two years is hitting the ball very well, especially from the right side of the plate.  His average is up near .300, he's leading the NL in doubles, and is top 10 in slugging.  Not bad for a guy with bad knees who hasn't played more than 81 games the past two seasons. 

KRod, his 1.26 ERA, 8 saves out of 9 chances, and 17 strikouts in 14 innings is all-star calliber.  He'd have more save opportunities if The Mets were a better team. 

I'm not claiming that either of the two are elite, but they are both playing at an all-star level right now. 

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 4:24 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Gay? Are u for real? This coming from a Pittsburgh fan. The only thing gay about Reyes is the way he beats up on the pirates when they come to town. He beats em like a gay step child.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 4:21 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Ballchin I agree 100 percent, lets trade away the best we have for the worst you got. Watch the game and understand, Jed cant stay healthy enough to know what the kid has. The Mets are not gonna just deal Reyes away for the sake of dealing him away. You are gonna have to make some kind of deal to get him. As for the Braves-forget it-no way never happen. Unless Hanson is in the deal. He will end up going to AL, whether its Boston or not, maybe the other team in New York, Their SS is lookig a little old these days.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 7, 2011 4:03 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes


Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 3:19 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

@ urgirlwitmenow The Sox never did or never would offer that deal, u don't know what ur talking about. The sox wouldn't trade lester before he was proven for Johan Santana when he was healthy and at his best. Y would they trade Gonzalez when they just inked him to a 8 year deal and his swing is perfect for Fenway not to mention his gold glove d, they've beeen going after this guy for 2 seasons. As far as ur proposed deal cmon man! The sox bullpen struggles are in the middle not closing games out. Papplebon is dominating this season and Bard has been lights out since the 1st week, y would they want a guy who beats up senior citizens. As far as Beltran, y would they give up a potential cy young winner this season for a guy who is gonna b a Fa and who can barely walk. Cuapano, maybe a nice player some day but the sox have plenty of young arms with equal or greater upside. Please put down the pipe and stop talking out ur ass, u clearly don't have a clue!

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:48 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: May 7, 2011 2:20 pm

Brace yourself for the summer of Reyes

I have been reading these posts for 8 years and this is the first time I have ever published my own point of view. I have to thank ezmover for writing what must be the most ridiculously stupid trade proposal I have EVER read in my life. He thinks that the Mets are going to give up their most exciting player ( Reyes), their cheapest homegrown star (Davis) and possibly the free agent find of the year (Young) for JED FREAKIN LOWRIE. This guy could not even take the starting SS job from Marco Scutaro. Oh but wait, the Mets will also get the oft injured and incredibly overpaid  JD Drew as well as the greatness of Dice K or Lackey. Do you even watch baseball?? You are a dope.

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