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Jose Reyes Would Be A Great Addition To The Giants
Jose Reyes would be a great addition to the Giants. He is an exciting and dynamic player who will be 28 years of age in June.
Reyes is a proven leadoff hitter with a career batting average of .287, and he's currently hitting .313 with an OBP of .365. Reyes has some pop also, as he has hit double-digit home runs in four of his prior five seasons.
Reyes also would provide the Giants with another player with outstanding speed. He has led the league in stolen bases three times and still has the legs to run. Reyes had 30 steals in 2010 and 12 already this year.
Jose Reyes also has excellent range at shortstop and would be a defensive upgrade for the Giants.
The three key issues facing the Giants about Jose Reyes are how much would the Mets demand in return, is the ownership group willing to pay his salary for the remainder of 2011 and can the Giants sign him to a longer term deal.
The Mets are cash-strapped and also not good enough to challenge for a playoff berth this year. Trading Jose Reyes is almost a foregone conclusion.
The Giants will likely have to offer a package including some top young talent, perhaps top pitching prospect Zach Wheeler and reliever Dan Runzler. Unfortunately, it will likely take more for the Giants to get Reyes.
If the Mets would accept an offer including Wheeler, Runzler, Nate Schierholtz and maybe another mid-level prospect, it would be quite intriguing. The Giants would need to pay the pro-rated remainder of Reyes' $11 million contract for 2011.
If the Giants are to give up that much for Reyes, it would also be important for them to be willing to sign him to a four or five year contract extension. This would likely cost them about $60 to 70 million for four years. I don't know if the Giants would be willing to do that, especially in light of the fact that they will also need to pay Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain big money.
I must state that I would go for it and make the offer to acquire Jose Reyes. The Giants have a window of opportunity right now when Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain are at the top of their game. Madison Bumgarner is an emerging star and Jonathan Sanchez, although inconsistent, has shown moments of brilliance.
You do not get the chance to win it all very often, and if it takes giving up a top talent like Zach Wheeler, you have to do it. You never know about minor league pitchers and how they'll adapt to the majors.
Outstanding pitching can be a fleeting thing and can go at any time. Right now, while the Giants have these great arms, is the time to go for it.