Detroit Tigers: 5 Reasons They Need Jose Reyes Now
As the trade deadline approaches, every team has to take a look at their situation and determine what they need to do in their situation. The Detroit Tigers are definitely buyers this season.
With a team built full of experience and skill, the Tigers are one player away from winning big in the post season. That player is Jose Reyes.
He is the only missing piece to this championship level team. Here are five simple reasons they need to trade for him.
1. Reyes Fills the Tigers' Greatest Need
With Carlos Guillen coming back and Ryan Raburn playing a passable second base, the glaring weakness of the Tigers right now is at third. Brandon Inge is not a respectable major league player anymore.
He is a fan favorite and has a long tenure with the team, he just isn't any good anymore. By adding Jose Reyes, the Tigers could shift breakout shortstop Jhonny Peralta to third and add Reyes to the top of the order.
This move would raise the Tigers' batting average on the left side of the infield by over 100 points.
2. The Rest of the Roster Is Set
Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in the game. There, I said it. Say what you want about Scherzer, Porcello, and Penny, but they are all quality Major League pitchers that have had a lot of success.
Scherzer has a career ERA of 3.93 and has nearly struck out a batter per inning in his career. He has the type of power arm that could deal in the post season. Porcello combines youth and savvy for great post season potential. Brad Penny has had a lot of post season success, even winning a World Series.
Guys like that don't forget how to pitch in big spots. The bullpen has been stellar. The eighth and ninth innings have been on lock down and Amazing Al and Phil Coke are great middle relief options.
The outfield has performed better than could possibly been expected. Cabrera is Cabrera and Peralta has been eye opening. This leaves third as the only major weakness
3. Jose Reyes Is the Best Player on the Market
Jose Reyes is the most dynamic player in the game today. Alex Rodriguez even called him the best player in the world. While I think that may be a bit excessive, he certainly is the best player on the trade market and the upcoming class of free agents.
He has a career average of .291. He averages 40.1 stolen bases per year, 24 doubles per year, and 11 triples per year. He is capable playing gold glove level defense. He may be a top five player in the game and would look great wearing the Olde English D.
4. The Money Is There to Sign Him Long-Term
The Detroit Tigers have four large contracts coming off the books after the season.
Carlos Guillen and his 13 million dollar per year contract will be gone after the season. Joining him will be Magglio Ordonez at 10 million per year, Jose Valverde at seven million per year, and Ramon Santiago at 1.3 million per year. This will open up a total of 31 million per year to sign Reyes.
He made $11 million this season, so even though he is in for a major raise, the funds are still there for the Tigers to resign him long-term. Dave Dombrowski has a history of paying the players he makes trades for. After trading for Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis, he rewarded both with long term deals.
He could easily do the same with Reyes.
5. The Players Are There to Make a Deal
Trading for Jose Reyes would obviously cost a king's ransom as the Mets are not going to just give him away. Fortunately for the Tigers, the players are there to deal. The Tigers are blessed with a surplus of exceptional outfielders.
Whether they have to trade Boesch, Dirks, Casper Wells, or Clete Thomas, they can definitely sustain a loss out there. The Tigers are flush with left handed power arms. Reyes would obviously return elite level prospects as well. The Tigers are good to go there as well.
Whether its a pitcher like Jacob Turner or Casey Crosby or a power bat like Nick Castellanos or Francisco Martinez, the Tigers have the guns to make a trade of this magnitude.
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