Top 3 Destinations for Jose Reyes: To Trade or Not to Trade?

Seth GuttmanContributor IIIJuly 9, 2011

Top 3 Destinations for Jose Reyes: To Trade or Not to Trade?

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    Jose Reyes has been no question the most exciting player to watch this season. It just so happens to be a contract year for the 28 year old Dominican shortstop and the New York Mets have a tough decision to make.  

    Before his injury, Jose was leading the league in hits, batting average, triples, and was top 5 in many more categories. 

    If he is looking for Carl Crawford money (7 years 142M) they most likely can't afford to keep him, but if he is willing to take a home town discount, the Mets would gladly sign on the dotted lines.  If they can't keep him, who would be a good trade partner at the deadline?  I will give the top 3 destination options for Jose Reyes and the Mets.

     

    Note: All of these trade ideas are my opinion. 

San Francisco Giants

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    Who the Mets could ask for:

    - Zach Wheeler, RHP

    - Jonathan Sanchez, LHP

    - Brandon Crawford, SS

    - Tier 2 Prospect

     

    Reyes could command a huge package and this one is an example.  Zach Wheeler was one of the better arms out of the 2009 draft and would be a very nice piece for the Mets to have in their future rotation.  Jonathan Sanchez has his control issues and is currently on the DL, but he has dominant stuff when going right.  Crawford has been alright in the big leagues and could fill in at shortstop right now. 

Cincinnati Reds

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    Who the Mets could ask for:

    - Aroldis Chapman, LHP

    - Billy Hamilton, SS

    - Paul Janish, SS

    - Yasmani Grandal, C

     

    This one may be asking a lot but like I said with San Francisco, Jose Reyes is worth a lot.  Aroldis is a project but if he can throw strikes, that 103 MPH fastball is going to be very deadly.  Billy Hamilton has had an iffy year hitting in single a, but he already has 50+ stolen bases.  Paul Janish is a fill in type, for now,  who could possibly have a future on the bench.  Lastly, Yasmani Grandal, is a nice young catcher who is blocked by Ramon Hernandez, Ryan Hanigan, and Devin Mesoraco.

Detroit Tigers

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    Who the Mets could ask for:

    • Jacob Turner, RHP or Nick Castellanos, 3B
    • Casey Crosby, LHP
    • Two tier 2 prospects.

    I'm not that familiar with the Tigers' system, but Jacob Turner or Nick Castellanos would be a nice trade piece to the Mets if they were to move one of them. 

    Casey Crosby is a dirty left-handed pitcher, that I think would work well with the Mets.  The Tigers would probably have to move two more decent pieces to get a deal done.  Peralta would slide to 3B if they were to finish a swap.