Jose Reyes, the New York Mets’ best player, will not be traded before the July 31st trade deadline. This is according to Buster Olney and Jon Heyman, among others. Jose Reyes, in the final year of his contract, was everyone’s favorite trade chip whenever the New York Mets became the topic of discussion. The volume was turned down on much of the trade talk once Jose Reyes blacked out (that means he played very well) to the tune of a 1.023 OPS in June – not to mention the .976 OPS in May. Further muzzling the trade rumors and speculation was the fact that the New York Mets were hanging around in the playoff picture.
This does not guarantee that Reyes will be wearing Met pinstripes come 2012, but it increases the chances at the very least. I have gone back and forth a bit in terms of whether or not I want to see Reyes traded. I love Jose Reyes and have been a big fan for a long time. It could be in the best interest of the organization to trade him though. As much as I like to pretend I’m an expert at times, I honestly don’t know if trading Reyes and starting 100% from scratch is the best idea or not. He is definitely an incredible talent and a game-changer when he is healthy. He is a great piece to build around as a quality shortstop and a top-of-the-line table setter. He is also a great fit for Citi Field with his gap power and blazing speed. My concern is the Mets ability to put enough talent around him as he plays through his prime years.
Some New York Mets are likely to be moved over the next 11 days (Carlos Beltran) and maybe even during the off-season (David Wright?), but it appears as though the front office has thoughts of keeping Jose Reyes around for the long haul.