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Toronto Blue Jays Rumors: Could Jose Reyes Be on His Way to the Jays?

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 22:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets looks on during batting practice prior to the start of the game against the New York Yankees on May 22, 2011 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Brad LeClairCorrespondent IMay 31, 2011

Imagine a top of the lineup that could feature Anthony Gose and Jose Reyes. Now imagine having Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie as your next three batters. Talk about a powerful and speedy top of the order.

This thought I'm sure has sprung up in the mind of Alex Anthopolous, as according to the New York Times and Toronto Star, the club made exploratory contact with the Mets and Reyes around spring training, but no real trade offers materialized from the discussions.

Reyes, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, will likely command a very large contract. The Mets, whose owner Fred Wilpon is waist deep in a messy scandal involving Bernie Madoff, is set to cut around 30 percent of the team's salary next off-season according to the New York Times.

With that said, Reyes will likely command a Carl Crawford or Adrian Gonzalez type of contract (seven years, $142 million) and the Mets will not match that contract offer.

This season, Reyes is currently hitting .335 with one homer and 19 stolen bases. With his on-base percentage around .385, Reyes is one of the best lead-off threats in the majors.

If the Mets are unable to come to an agreement regarding an extension, look for the Mets to trade him come the trade deadline and get some value for him, rather than losing him for compensatory draft picks in the off-season.

The Blue Jays, whose farm system is littered with power arms, good hitters and legitimate talent everywhere, are said to be one of the front runners in the event the Mets look to deal Reyes.

Names like Travis Snider, Yunel Escobar, Adeiny Hechavarria, Aaron Hill, Zach Stewart, Brett Cecil, Travis D'Arnaud, Carlos Perez, Jake Marisnick and others could be among some players on the Mets radar.

My best guess is that Hechavarria, Stewart, Cecil and Perez would be enough to get a deal in place. Yunel Escobar moves over to second or third.

 

The lineup for 2012 could look like this...

Jose Reyes SS

Yunel Escobar 2B/3B

Jose Bautista RF

Adam Lind 1B/DH

Brett Lawrie 3B/2B

Eric Thames DH/LF/RF

J.P. Arencibia C

Travis Snider LF

Rajai Davis CF (Anthony Gose 2013)

 

Bench

Corey Patterson, John McDonald, Jose Molina, David Cooper

 

Not that this is a lineup that will happen, but in my opinion, its an amazing order that is both powerful and good on the bases.

According to reports, however, the Jays are more likely to get involved if he reaches free agency, regardless of a trade at the deadline to another team than by trading for him prior to the deadline.

If Reyes goes to free agency, the Jays will likely be big time supporters of his and could have plenty of cash to spend to load up for what looks to be an exciting 2012 season possibly.

Toronto currently is 20th in the majors with a $71 million dollar payroll. With Aaron Hill, Frank Francisco, Juan Rivera and Octavio Dotel likely to head to free agency—and the Jays not owing $5 million in cash to the Angels for taking Vernon Wells—the Jays are losing roughly $22 million in payroll.

Are the Jays the best option for Reyes? I personally think he'd be a perfect fit for this up and coming Jays team.

Armed with quality arms up and down the farm system, the Jays would need to address their bullpen as well, but signing Reyes would be a great start to bringing championship baseball back to the city of Toronto.

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