MLB Trade Speculation: Should Cincinnati Reds Pursue Jose Reyes?

Tim Daniel@IrishUnmatchedContributor IIIMay 5, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 05:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets argues with home plate umpire Eric Cooper #56 after he was called out on strikes to end the fourth inning against the San Francisco Giants on May 5, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Jose Reyes has been rumored to be on the trading block for a few weeks.  A exciting shortstop with great pop in the bat, Reyes would be a help to any Major League team in need of a shortstop.

Over the past week, the biggest name in trade talks has been the defending World Series Champion San Fransisco Giants.  Though Newest hire to and former Cincinnati Reds GM Jim Bowden weighed in his thoughts and had this to say.

"The Reds have the best farm system of any team that has a need for Reyes. Although they are happy with Paul Janish defensively at short, can you imagine Jose Reyes on the Reds? Instant World Series contenders (if they’re not already). A package would have to include one of their top catching prospects, either Devin Mesoraco or Yasmani Grandal; middle infielder Billy Hamilton or Zack Cozart; a young bat like Juan Francisco; and a starting pitcher with tremendous upside like a Homer Bailey. If the Reds want Reyes, if the Reds can afford Reyes, they have enough to get Reyes.”

Here is the debate, no doubt about it Jose Reyes is a great investment, but is it worth giving up all those prospects and one of our pitchers from our rotation?  I'm going back and forth with this in my head.

Let's look at it like this Reyes is a guy who can hit and has a impressive glove. He has always shown high energy for the New York Mets and always looks like he just loves the game.  Plus he knows how to be a key player and buy into a role to help his team win.

Now here are the cons with this. Reyes has had injuries in the past where he has missed good amounts of time throughout the season. Also Reyes's contract is pretty high being reported at $11 million this season with Bowden further noting he'll want a seven-year deal in the $15 million range.

One other problem with this scenario is do the Reds want to give up all these prospects?  Billy Hamilton has shown so far to be that guy the Reds can develop into being their lead-off hitter. Grandal and Mesoraco were high draft choices, and Mesoraco was even billed at the beginning of this season as the next Buster Posey.

Homer Bailey did just throw a great six innings today giving up just one run.  He is a guy the Reds love and have stood by through his roller coaster of a career, but still shows flashes of brilliance.

This is a tough call, and maybe isn't even the most realistic scenario, but it's worth the debate.

What are your thoughts?