Buster Posey Broken Leg: Will This Spark the Giants to Trade for Jose Reyes?

Robert KnapelCorrespondent IMay 26, 2011

HOUSTON - MAY 14:  Shortstop Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets smiles at his bench after he intentionally dropped a soft line drive trying to double off Brett Wallace #2 of the Houston Astros in the seventh inning at Minute Maid Park on May 14, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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With Buster Posey’s injury, the San Francisco Giants not only lost their cleanup hitter, but also one of the best young players in baseball. With the Giants looking to repeat their World Series championship performance from last season, they will need to make some sort of move to replace Posey.

This is not something that will be easy to do, as Posey was a big threat in the middle of the Giants' lineup. There is one player who will almost definitely be available on the trade market that the Giants could try to trade for. 

Despite getting a new minority owner, the Mets will be putting Jose Reyes on the trading block. While he does not have the power that Posey does, Reyes is a dynamic threat that would greatly improve the Giants' offense.

The Giants already had a need for a shortstop, and Reyes is a big improvement over current Giants shortstops Mike Fontenot and Miguel Tejada. He would provide a spark at the top of the Giants lineup and would help offset the Giants' loss of Posey.

The Mets have a chance to take advantage of this injury. The Giants will be in a bit of a short-term panic, and they might be willing to overpay for Reyes. Brandon Belt, who may have been off-limits beforehand, could be dealt to the Mets for Reyes. Zach Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner are two other players that could also be moved.

As we have seen with Kendrys Morales, a broken bone could cause Posey to miss more than just this season. On top of the broken leg, Posey also has severely sprained ligaments in his ankle. This could lead to a very long recovery process.

Jose Reyes is a free agent this offseason, but if the Giants acquire him, they could lock him up to a long-term deal. This would certainly serve as insurance if Posey has to miss part or all of next season.

If Posey is healthy, the Giants' lineup becomes much more intimidating to opposing pitchers with Reyes hitting in front of Posey.