MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking Jose Reyes' 5 Best Suitors

Dallas DavisCorrespondent IDecember 2, 2010

MLB Trade Rumors: Power Ranking Jose Reyes' 5 Best Suitors

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    As we journey deeper into the winter months, the swirling trade rumors begin to intensify. Already, the Giants dumped the world series MVP Edgar Renteria, Adrian Beltre left the Red Sox for places unknown and Zach Greinke made it public that he wants to play "for a winner."

    Several teams are in the market for a shortstop of Jose Reyes' status, and after a sub-par season last year he might be a bargain for a Mets squad trying to downsize their salary cap space.

    Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated stated that the Mets will hold off on signing Reyes to any type of long-term deal until they see him play a chunk of next season. He is due around $11 million in 2011.

    That might not be entirely true, considering the Mets have been listening to phone calls referring their shortstop.

    San Francisco Chronicle writer Henry Schulman tweeted that the Mets, should they be willing to deal Jose Reyes, would be expecting a handful of players and prospects in return.

    As to whether they will deal him or not, the Mets organization has not given a definitive "no" response.

5. Oakland A's

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    The A's certainly don't have the checkbook to handle a long-term Reyes deal, but if the time is right, the Mets could certainly make a deal that would include some of the Athletics' pitching depth.

    Oakland packages Cliff Pennington and Brett Anderson to the Mets for Jose Reyes and a player to be named later.

4. Toronto Blue Jays

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    The Jays have a young pitching prospect by the name of Kyle Drabek, a person of potential interest for the Mets organization.

    After dealing Alex Gonzalez last season to the Braves, the Jays could use the speedy Reyes to fill the spot that the slugger Gonzalez left.

    The Jays send over prospect Kyle Drabek and some other players to be named later for Reyes.

3. Minnesota Twins

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    With rumors that J.J. Hardy is leaving town, the Twins could be the next-best team for the services of Jose Reyes.

    Should they not want to pick up the hefty salary of Reyes throughout a long-term deal, including a buyout for this year, it'd be more likely if he signed in 2011.

    Let's hypothesize that the Twins take a chance halfway through the 2011 season after losing J.J. Hardy this offseason. In that sense, it would be a bargain for Minnesota, and both teams would be saving money.

    Twins give up cash and prospects, like most teams offer up, to attain the services of Jose Reyes midway though the 2011 season.

2. New York Yankees

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    And you thought that the Yankees wouldn't be in a power-ranking list for a big-name acquisition?

    With Derek Jeter not having his demands met, the Yanks could use Reyes at shortstop.

    He would fit well, but then again, who wouldn't? With A-rod and Teixeira hitting behind you, all you need to do is draw a walk and more likely than not you will be jogging around the bases for an easy run.

    The Yankees give up Brett Gardner and some pitching prospects to acquire Reyes.

1. San Francisco Giants

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    After getting rid of Juan Uribe and Edgar Renteria, the Giants have an opening for Reyes.

    They also possess a utility infielder in Miguel Tejada, who can play both shortstop and third base. As Pablo Sandoval works hard to get back in shape for next season, it's possible he doesn't meet the likes of Brian Sabean.

    In a blockbuster, the Giants send prospect Brandon Belt and Sergio Romo to the Mets for Jose Reyes.