When SS Jose Reyes left the New York Mets last off-season for the Miami Marlins, no one thought the team would get rid of the former All-Star after just one season. However, that is exactly what happened.
In a move that is still being criticized to death, the Marlins decided to ship off the majority of their major league starters to the Toronto Blue Jays for a handful of prospects.
The trade has, however, put Reyes atop the best lineup that he has ever played with. The Blue Jays have heavy hitters Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Melky Cabrera, and Brett Lawrie. Reyes has always been amazing at getting on base, so expect the shortstop to score tons of runs for fantasy baseball owner this season.
Between 2005-08, Reyes was the most dangerous base stealer in baseball. He averaged 64.5 steals per year over that time and has always been one of the most productive run scorers as well. He stole just 40 bases last year with the Fish, but that number will likely go up in Toronto, as the team is much less conservative on the bases.
Last year, Reyes played in a staggering 160 games, which was his highest total since the 161 games he played in 2005 with the Mets. His batting average fell from a NL leading .337 in 2011 all the way down to .287 in 2012, but he still had a rather respectable performance from the plate last season. Expect him to finish with an average right around .300 this year.
Reyes is currently batting .474 this spring and is coming off a World Baseball Classic performance in which he hit .314 in eight games for the champion Dominican Republic team. Reyes is on top of his game right now and will enter the year in midseason form.
Reyes will get all the freedom in the world to be himself in Toronto, so expect him to once again finish the season as the number one fantasy shortstop in baseball.