All season long the financial situation of the New York Mets has been shrouded in mystery. Did they indeed profit from the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme, or did they lose money as owner Fred Wilpon insists?
Either way, with a minority share of the team already sold to hedge fund manager David Einhorn, it isn't unrealistic to think that a potential fire sale could be on the horizon.
One particular Mets player who could be on the move is All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, who is having a career season. Currently on the 15-Day DL with a strained hamstring, Reyes is batting .354 with three home runs, 32 RBI and 30 stolen bases. He also has an MLB-leading 15 triples.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson has not discussed the idea of trading Reyes, but there is one team out there in dire need at shortstop. More importantly, acquiring Reyes could make them the best team in all of baseball. That team is the Boston Red Sox.
Boston is currently in first place in the AL East, but the New York Yankees are nipping at that one-game lead. Their options at shortstop are currently Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie. Let's analyze those two.
Scutaro is currently in the second of a two-year, $11 million contract. This year, injuries have slowed him down and while he is batting .260, he only has 17 RBI despite five home runs. He isn't getting any younger at 35 years old, so trading him could be a good idea.
Lowrie, on the other hand, is much better than Scutaro, though not by much. Once the top prospect in Boston's system, Lowrie has never really panned out in the majors. He has proven to be injury prone and this season, was batting .270 with three home runs and 25 RBI before going on the disabled list with a shoulder injury. He is just 27, but time is running out for him.
That being said, the Red Sox would only be helping themselves if they traded for Reyes. Given the talent he would have around him as well as the hitter-friendly Fenway Park, Reyes could even be persuaded to sign a contract extension. However, simply acquiring him will cost the Red Sox a pretty penny.
If Reyes is traded, it will be part of a salary dump/fire sale. This means the Mets would demand top prospects in return.
That being said, the Red Sox would have to trade away quite a few prospects—and I'm talking about good ones—to land Reyes. I anticipate that Reyes would cost them top-prospect Jose Iglesias, a shortstop.
Also outfielders like Josh Reddick or Ryan Kalish. To sweeten the deal, Theo Epstein could offer Junichi Tazawa and maybe Felix Doubront so the Mets could also get some pitching.
The odds of those players all being moved at one time is highly unlikely, but it gives an idea of the level of talent that the Red Sox will have to give up in order to land a top player like Jose Reyes. A trade like that could go down as one of the best in history, as Reyes is definitely worth the price.
Only time will tell if it actually happens. If it does, however, the fans will roar on both ends of the deal.