With the Mets gradually falling out of contention again, it is time for the inevitable trade talks as teams try to get rid of costly veterans in the hopes o boosting their farm systems. The Mets have plenty of potential targets, the most coveted being Carlos Beltran and Jose Reyes. Beltran is clearly past his prime, but is hitting well with 8 home runs and a .280 batting average and needs to be dealt. The Yankees are among potential buyers.
But trading Reyes away, whether in an effort to get some young talent or to rid the team of a large salary (Reyes is eligible for free agency after the 2011 season), would cripple the Mets both this year and for years to come. Reyes is the most dynamic player in baseball. His ability to single, steal second and then score on a base hit is invaluable to the Mets offense. He also has the power to double and triple in the cavernous Citi Field. Since Reyes was placed on the bereavement list to travel to his grandmothers funeral, the Mets have scored two and one runs against a mediocre Pirates pitching staff. They miss his abilities to manufacture runs. The team is not the same without him.
Here is an exercise comparing a few of the top shortstops in the league:
Player A: .210 AVG, .306 OBP, 4 HR, 17 RBI, 30 R, 11 SB
Player B: 264 AVG, .328 OBP, 2 HR, 16 RBI, 34 R, 5 SB
Player C: .335 AVG., .382 OBP, 1 HR, 17 RBI, 36 R, 19 SB
Player A is often listed in the top five best overall players in the major leagues and player B is approaching his 3,000th career hit. Player A is Hanley Ramirez, player B is Derek Jeter and Player C is Jose Reyes. Reyes has better numbers than any other shortstop in the majors aside from maybe Troy Tulowitski (.250 AVG, .325 OBP, 11 HR, 31 RBI, 27 R, 3 SB). He leads all shortstops in average, on-base-percentage, runs scored, stolen bases, hits, doubles and triples.
Jose Reyes needs to remain a Met for the rest of his career.