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I'll admit—this one is a reach, as the Mets have been by far the most-talked about team in the trade market.
They are struggling financially, and would like to get rid of Francisco Rodriguez and his massive contract. They will likely be unable to retain free-agent-to-be Jose Reyes in the offseason, and would do themselves well to move him now, while he still has trade value.
Even franchise cornerstone and well-documented good guy David Wright has been mentioned as a trade chip.
However, the Mets have been far from pragmatic in recent years, and logic should play little role in attempting to predict their moves for the future.
Yes, they would love to move K-Rod, but who outside of the Yankees and Red Sox (who both already have stacked bullpens) would be willing to pay him the millions he will be owed next season?
And as much as people like to talk about New York trading Jose Reyes, there is only one salient point here: Reyes is far and away the Mets most popular player. His tremendous (pre-injury) 2011 season is one of the only things keeping the team competitive, and keeping the fans from full-on revolt in the stands.
Despite the team’s claims that Reyes won’t get “Carl Crawford money,” I honestly believe that they will pay him whatever it takes. He has proved his worth to the team, and it’s not like they haven’t handed out ridiculous contracts in the very recent past (see: Perez, Oliver).
As much as the Mets have been rumored to be sellers at the deadline, they are still hovering within striking distance of a wild card berth.