MLB Trade Rumors: Could Jose Reyes Be Headed North of the Border?

John ValentovicAnalyst IMay 27, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Could Jose Reyes Be Headed North of the Border?

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    Is it just me, or does it seem like just about everyone on the New York Mets is on the trading block?  I can't recall so many big name players from one team being on the block this early in the season.

    Now, the Mets aren't exactly tearing it up, but at 23-26, they haven't been all that awful either.  But given the situation regarding the team's ownership and the fact that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is continuing to look at ways to cut payroll, it isn't all that surprising that New York's entire roster is up for grabs.

    The Mets aren't the only team in trouble, though.

    San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey has been diagnosed with a broken fibula and a severely sprained ankle after being involved in a collision at the plate on Wednesday night, and is expected to miss at least two months.  Needless to say, the Giants will be exploring all options in terms of replacing their young stud backstop. 

    Trade talk around the league is continuing to pick up as we make our way into the summer months.  The contenders are starting to separate themselves from the pretenders, meaning a few teams might be willing to deal soon.

    Here is the latest on the Mets, Giants and a few additional trade rumors.

The Blue Jays Had Interest in Jose Reyes

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    According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Toronto Blue Jays expressed interest in a number of Mets players, especially shortstop Jose Reyes, during spring training. 

    A number of teams are said to have interest in Reyes, but Toronto is the only team believed to already have contacted New York.  Obviously nothing came of the talks between the two teams, but it is definitely a situation to keep any eye on.

    Toronto has some intriguing pieces they could trade in return for Reyes, and they also have a good amount of money available to re-sign him.  Reyes is set to become a free agent after this season.

Giants Could Look to Pudge

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    Now that Buster Posey has been ruled out for at least two months, if not longer, the Giants are in serious need of some help at catcher.  And it appears that they have wasted little time getting started with their search.

    According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the Giants have already contacted the Washington Nationals about the availability of Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez.

    Rodriguez, 39, has only appeared in 22 games for the Nationals.  He is hitting .205 in 79 plate appearances, but he does have two home runs.

    The veteran would be a nice pickup for the Giants.  He would provide good defense as well as some veteran leadership while Posey heals up.

    It is not clear on how close the two sides are to an agreement.

    Another possibility for the Giants could be free agent catcher Bengie Molina, who played for the Giants from 2007-2010. 

Rodriguez May Waive Vesting Option If the Deal Is Right

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    According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez would consider waiving his $17.5 million vesting option in order to be traded to a contender.  Additionally, Rodriguez would require a window to work out a contract extension with his new team.

    Details of Rodriguez's option are as follows: should he finish 55 games this season, he would automatically be owed $17.5 million next season.  However, if he fails to reach that number of games finished, the Mets would have the option of buying out Rodriguez for $3.5 million.

    Rodriguez, 29, is having an excellent season for the Mets.  In 23.2 innings pitched, he has struck out 25 while walking 12.  He has a ERA of 0.76 and a WHIP of 1.35.

    He would be an attractive option for a number of teams, not only because of the way he is pitching, but also because his contract would come off the books at the end of the 2012 season.

    It will be interesting to see which teams Rodriguez would accept a trade to.

King Felix Staying Put

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    According to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated, there is no chance that the Seattle Mariners will deal ace Felix Hernandez this season.

    Hernandez, along with rookie Michael Pineda, have formed a lethal 1-2 punch and the Mariners are playing very good baseball.  As of Tuesday, the Mariners sit in third place in a wide-open American League West at 24-25, but they have won eight of their previous 10 games.

Bell May Finally Be on the Move

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    According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, the Texas Rangers recently checked in on the availability of San Diego Padre closer Heath Bell.  A number of teams are said to have interest in Bell, but the Padres are not quite ready to move their 33-year-old reliever.

    It seems inevitable that Bell will be traded this season.  San Diego is currently sitting in the basement of the National League West and hold a record of 20-30.  Bell will be a free agent after the season, and although the two sides talked about an extension during the spring, nothing came of it.

    Bell will be one of the best players available as we move closer to the deadline.