2011 MLB Trade Speculation: Most Compelling Trade Locations for Jose Reyes
There has been a ton of talk in MLB circles about the financial woes of the New York Mets. There has also been a lot of talk on where the Mets star players like Jose Reyes and David Wright are going to be traded to in order to alleviate the Mets team debt.
Most teams in the MLB would want a player like Reyes, but these are the teams that need a star shortstop and will give up a lot of talent in order to get one.
5. The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The non-MLB controlled team in Los Angeles would be a great fit for Reyes. The Angels have a big need at shortstop with Erick Aybar getting most of the starts at short. He doesn't provide much of anything in terms of stolen bases, RBI production or extra base hits for a team that is just a couple of pieces away from winning their division and contending for the World Series.
Reyes would shore up all of these holes because he will give you tons of stolen bases and triples in the leadoff spot which provide quick, easy runs to start a game and even later in the game.
The Angels have a ton a young talent that could be traded to the New York Mets in a package for Reyes like young stud pitchers Tyler Chatwood and Jordan Walden which be attractive to the Mets as they desperately need pitching help.
Outfielder Peter Bourjos or infielders Mark Trumbo and Alexi Amarista could also be used to sweeten the deal for the Mets.
4. Cincinnati Reds
The Reds are another extremely viable option for the Mets to trade Reyes because they have a very good team and are the best team in the NL Central. Myself, like many other baseball writers, believe that with solid shortstop, the Reds could be an NL team contending for a World Series appearance.
Reyes would be a marked improvement over the very unproductive platoon of Paul Janish and Edgar Renteria at the shortstop position. Janish and Renteria are not intimidating in the slightest which is on the contrary to Reyes.
Most good teams in the MLB have productive players up the middle of their infield and with the addition of Reyes, the Cincinnati Reds would have just that with Reyes at shortstop and Brandon Phillips at second base.
This trade would be appealing form the Mets view because the Reds have a ton of young talent they would be willing to exchange for Reyes. The Mets major need is starting pitching and the Reds have two young talented guys at that position in Mike Leake and Travis Wood.
These guys would fit the bill for what the Mets need. Young outfielders like Chris Heisey and Jay Bruce would be harder to pry from Cincinnati but they could also be included in the deal.
3. New York Yankees
It is not clear that Derek Jeter's days as a solid MLB shortstop are nearing the end and the Yankees will be looking for a big-name, highly paid shortstop to appease their fans and to continue to keep the team's talent high and to inject some youth into the lineup.
The Mets would not enjoy trading one of their stars to their hated cross-city rival Yankees, but they would make the trade for the right price.
Reyes could take advantage of the new Yankee Stadium's few gaps with his seemingly endless array of line-drive shots to the gaps which turn into triples for the extremely fast Reyes. With RBI-producers like Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano behind him in the lineup, Reyes would score a boatload of runs for the Yankees.
For the Mets to agree to this trade, the Yankees would have to give up a ton of prospects and solid young players. Highly-touted catching prospect Jesus Montero would probably be involved in the package as would former Washington National outfielder and University of Maryland product Justin Maxwell.
Double-A pitchers Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are two more attractive pieces that the Mets might also want to receive in the trade.
2. San Francisco Giants
The defending World Series champions aren't off to the best of starts this year with their record only being three games above .500. Even with this fact, they are in first place of their NL West division with the LA Dodgers.
The only thing stopping this team from shooting out five to 10 games above LA is their hitting. Everyone knows that they have a superior pitching staff but most of their lineup leaves a lot to be desired. The Giants' weakest position is shortstop where they have extremely light-hitting Cubs castoff Mike Fontenot starting.
Clearly acquiring one of the best shortstops in the MLB like Jose would improve the San Francisco lineup leaps and bounds. Reyes would also help to the Giant position player core stay young along with prized catcher Buster Posey as opposed to Pat Burrell in left-field and Aubrey Huff at first base.
The Giants have a treasure trove of young players to be included in a package for the star shortstop. The most thrown around name in this trade is Madison Bumgarner, the young southpaw that help makes up the Giants' extremely formidable pitching rotation.
It has been questioned though whether the giants would be willing to part with him. Speedy outfielder Darren Ford is another young guy who could possibly be the Mets' successor to Carlos Beltran in right field.
Highly touted outfielder/first baseman Brandon Belt and third baseman Conor Gillaspie with Triple-A Fresno are two more position players that could be attractive to the Mets.
1. Boston Red Sox
The best spot for Reyes to land would be with the Boston Red Sox. This offseason the Red Six addressed their most glaring needs by trading for Adrian Gonzalez to play first base and by signing Carl Crawford to roam left field of Fenway Park.
One position that wasn't considered an absolute need was shortstop because Boston already had Marco Scutaro and/or Jed Lowrie to play the position.
This year though Scutaro hasn't hit at all and has been benched while Jed Lowrie has an above .300 average, but Lowrie isn't explosive at all, doesn't steal many bases, and doesn't drive in many runs.
Reyes provides all of these things for a team and the Red Sox have the prospects and the deep wallets needed to get a guy like Reyes.
The Red Sox' Triple-A affiliate, the Pawtucket Red Sox, has a ton of young and talented prospects on their roster. Pitching-wise, lefty Felix Doubront and righty Kyle Weiland are two names that the Mets would covet to fill in their much maligned starting rotation and bullpen.
Hitting-wise, the big name brought up in trade discussions is star shortstop prospect Jose Iglesias. He would be a necessity for the Mets to have in a trade in order to make up for the loss of a star shortstop like Jose Reyes.