May be early, but enjoy Reyes while he is still here

There will come a time in July when you will wake up to breaking news. The most dynamic player in the game, Jose Reyes, will no longer be a New York Met.

Michael G. Baron

Jose Reyes, the longest tenured Met, has been a fan favorite in New York since his call up in 2003. He holds the franchise record for steals (342) and triples (86),  yet we dont know for how much longer he will continue to extend his record. His next SB or triple may be his last in a Met uniform.

It is not a given that the Mets will trade Reyes before the July 31st trade deadline, but given their financial uncertainty, and expected lack of contention, they would rather move him and get prospects back in a trade, then lose him to free agency. 

Joel Sherman of the New York Post, suggested in his column  that the Mets should trade Reyes and then reacquire him at the end of the season. Yet as Jim Bowden wrote today, in his first column for ESPN.com, with a trade of this magnitude a long term extension will be necessary before a team acquires Reyes.

Often times the SNY Broadcast booth filled with Gary, Keith and Ron, complain along with many Met fans, including me, about Reyes. We complain about Reyes lack of focus, his on field antics, or his inability to steal late in the game or early in the count. Yet, for the remainder of the time we have to watch this wonderfully dynamic fleet-footed shortstop — lets enjoy it.

In the last several years the saying has been: “how Reyes goes, the Mets go.” If Reyes got on base, and scored in the first inning in the years of 06, 07, and 08, the Mets were bound to win. Well, if Reyes goes, we are left to wonder, where will the Mets go?

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