All of this is starting to change over in Queens, as the right skipper and GM are finally on board to right this sinking ship.
GM Sandy Alderson has already started cleaning house by releasing clubhouse viruses Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez, knowing that the two would stay on the Mets payroll through the season for a combined $18 million.
Has it turned the Mets around?
No, not even close but it is a start in the right direction for a team that seemed to never catch a break. The next few moves will be critical in how fast the team plans in getting there.
So, the rumors have continued with MLB Trade Rumors sending Mets fans into a tailspin, reporting the likelihood of Carlos Delgado going to the Yankees, to feasibly trading David Wright. Still, the one rumor that could have the most truth behind it is the same one I deem outrageous, which is that the Mets would trade shortstop Jose Reyes.
Jose Reyes, SS, Mets — The clock keeps ticking on when he will switch uniforms. The Mets called up their latest infield phenom, 21-year-old Ruben Tejada, last week and will play him at second base while Justin Turner plays third in David Wright’s absence. The fly in the ointment is whether the Mets will hold on to Reyes as long as possible because of Wright’s injury (stress fracture in his back), but an American League scout said, “If they hear the right deal, they do it. They can’t afford not to and let him leave as a free agent and not get value for him.’’
After finally getting the opportunity to watch Reyes, as he spent most of 2010 on the DL, I got reminded just how talented the 27-year-old is and quickly.
Reyes is currently leading the majors in stolen bases with 17 and triples with six. Reyes has 62 hits, second only behind Red Sox Adrian Gonzalez who has 65; he is also posting a .310 batting average, 14 doubles, 15 RBIs and 17 walks.
Reyes also has a dynamic throwing arm making him easily one of the most valuable shortstops in the game.
If Jose Reyes isn’t a keeper then I don’t know who is, and with the Mets looking towards a bright future why would the team trade away such a star.
Who knows, but the Mets days of bad decisions seem to be a thing of the past, so my guess is that Reyes isn’t going anywhere just yet.
In my opinion, trading Reyes would be the 2011 Mets branding themselves losers once again.
Throwing in the towel on a team who is desperate for someone to truly BELIEVE in them is the last thing anyone should want to do and that is exactly why Reyes needs to stay.
- The Giants have discussed acquiring Jose Reyes (metsblog.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Top 5 Teams Targeting Jose Reyes (bleacherreport.com)
- Heyman On Wheeler, Reyes, Martin, Reds (mlbtraderumors.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Braves To Yankees Trade Reaches All New Lowe (ladylovespinstripes.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Jose Reyes Officially on San Francisco Giants Radar (bleacherreport.com)
- MLB Trade Rumors: Mets Not Trading Any Player To Yankees Ever (ladylovespinstripes.com)