Jose Reyes Hard for the Mets to Trade: Should He Be Re-Signed?

Sergio ValdezContributor IIMay 29, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets in action against the Washington Nationals during their game on April 10, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Given all the trade speculations, the financial situation, the New York Mets being a bad team and Jose Reyes' impending free agency, it seems very likely Reyes will be traded this season. 

Several teams have already been linked to a possible trade for Reyes such as the Giants, Blue Jays and Cardinals. However, since Reyes' contract is in it's final year, the Mets probably won't get as much as they could've if he were signed beyond 2011. 

Reyes hasn't been distracted by all those trade speculations and his numbers show it. He's been the Mets best player this year, playing great defense at short and being that spark plug Mets fans have come to know and love.

You can even say Reyes has been the best shortstop in baseball in the National League and second behind the Indians Asdrubal Cabrera.

Let me throw some of Jose Reyes' stats out there.

As of today, he's hitting .335, which is eighth best in all of baseball and he has an OPS of .876. He also happens to lead the league in hits, triples, stolen bases and he's tied for eighth in runs scored.

It's pretty rare to find a good hitting shortstop, but one who's hitting like this is even more rare. Reyes, being 100 percent healthy this year, helps a lot too. With Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki struggling mightily this season, Reyes will probably be a shoe-in for the All-Star game.

How often do you find a shortstop like that? You rarely do.

Let's face it, Mets fans: Most of us go to games to see this guy play. He'll wow you with his arm and speed. Every ball hit in the gap, Mets fans cheer as he flies all the way to third base. He creates runs for this team with his bat and his legs.

Reyes' two triples in today's 9-5 win over the Phillies is a perfect example of him being a spark plug for this team.

That's why the saying, "When Reyes goes, so do the Mets," is so true.

Reyes is a big reason fans still go watch the Mets, even though they've been pretty bad these past few seasons. There's no way the Mets can replace him if he gets traded or he isn't re-signed.

David Wright may be the face of the franchise, but Reyes is a big reason Met fans still actually cheer and rejoice these days. It's been all about the Jose Reyes show at Citi Field.

Unless the Mets get blown away with an offer, they should do everything they possibly can do to re-sign Reyes. With David Einhorn supplying the Mets with some financial relief, this could increase the odds that Reyes remains a Mets next year and beyond.

With attendance at Citi Field continuing to declining, re-signing Reyes would be huge for this fanbase. I'm sure most Met fans would like to see Reyes at short for many years to come.

There's just not many players in the game more exciting to watch than Jose Reyes.