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The Mets do not want to be the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Imagine the Mets do not trade Reyes, hold out hope he will sign, have a 78-win team this year and then Reyes bolts for the Angels, who could be willing to give him Carl Crawford money?
Mets fans would be devastated, and the team would be left with nothing.
This would put the team years behind where they will be if they do trade Reyes. They would get two first-round picks if Reyes leaves as a free agent, but I would rather get established prospects than two first-round picks who may go to college before playing for the Mets.
The Mets can get a very nice return for Reyes, who is having a fantastic year. Sell when his stock is high, and maybe the Mets will become another Cleveland team who got great returns on trades for superstars. The Indians did it, and they are in first place.
There is a light at the end of the tunnel Mets fans, but you have to let go.