MLB Trade Speculation: Why Wouldn't the Mets Trade Jose Reyes?

Scott ResnickCorrespondent IIJuly 25, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 21:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets hits a triple against the St. Louis Cardinals during their game on July 21, 2011 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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It seems like a simple question, really. 

Why wouldn't the Mets trade Jose Reyes?

Well, he's one of the best players in the game right now. He's among the most exciting athletes on the planet, and he's the golden standard at a premium position. 

These are all accolades that cannot be argued. Fans and media alike point to these aspects when discussing why a trade of Jose Reyes shouldn't happen. 

But let's take a deeper look.

What would a trade of Jose Reyes have meant for the Mets as a baseball team and not just as an organization looking to put fans in the seats?

A trade of Jose Reyes would undoubtedly be the downfall of the Mets in 2011. He's their table-setter at the top of the lineup; the key that ignites the Mets' engine.

Jose can get on base in a plethora of ways, be it via the walk, line drive base hit, bunt, infield hit or the almighty triple.

Taking him out of the leadoff spot would uncover just how shallow this Mets lineup really is.

Knowing full well that the Mets will eventually unload Carlos Beltran and his power, keeping Reyes has become all the more imperative for GM Sandy Alderson as this summer has progressed. 

With Reyes, the Mets can rally runs together through small-ball, due to Jose's ability to reach base coupled with his speed on the basepaths. 

Think about how many Mets runs have been plated on a ground ball to the right side or by a sacrifice fly in which Reyes came in to score on?  Those would mean nothing but meaningless outs with Jose out of the lineup. 

Without Jose, the Mets would be forced to play an American League style of baseball in which they'd have to sit around and wait for a three-run home run every night. In cavernous Citi Field, that strategy wouldn't bode well for these Mets.

Not to mention, with Beltran out of the lineup, that leaves David Wright as seemingly the only Met with much pop in his bat. This would have been a recipe for disaster going forward in 2011. 

Even more, Jose's defensive prowess would have been severely mourned had he been dealt. He's saved a countless number of runs this year, as his health has allowed him to show range that we haven't seen out of him since 2008. 

Regardless of whether you agree that retaining Jose Reyes until the end of the 2011 season was in the Mets' best interest, there's no denying what he means to this Mets ballclub on the field. 

His looseness and energy have been well documented, but that's not what ultimately prompts a GM to pass up on trading a player for premium, top level prospects. 

His ability to change the game in any number of ways is his trademark. Organizations spend years and years looking for that sort of talent, and in Jose Reyes, the Mets have that.

Trading Jose would have been the end of an era in Queens, and quite possibly the Mets' chances of reaching the postseason anytime soon. 

It's been well documented that Reyes and his camp don't want to indulge in contract negotiations during the season. However, with Sandy Alderson showing an allegiance to his all-world shortstop, that stance might just change quicker than Jose can leg out a triple—and that's exactly why the Mets chose not to trade him.