When Sandy Alderson took over as the general manager of the New York Mets everyone expected there would be changes. The first move Alderson made was to exercise the $11 million option on shortstop Jose Reyes for 2011. But that doesn’t mean Alderson sees Reyes with the Mets long-term.
In fact, there is very little evidence that the 27-year-old Reyes will be a Met beyond the 2011 season. While he has stated his desire to finish his career with the Mets, Alderson has always been a guy who looks to get the most value for the players on his roster. Reyes might be most valuable as a trade asset if the Mets struggle to open the 2011 season. They will be without Johan Santana for most, if not all of the season (at least the first half) and the team’s prospects for success next year look grim, despite an inflated payroll.
There is a very strong sentiment circulating from multiple sources that Reyes will be made available at the upcoming winter meetings to gauge interest from other clubs for a possible deal later in the season.
Reyes has definitely lost a step and isn’t the player he was several years ago, but again, he still has value.
He is coming off a season in which he played in 133 games, hit .282 with 11 home runs and 54 RBI, while stealing 30 bases. In 2009 he only played 36 games due to injury. Since then he hasn’t seemed like the same player that hit .297 with 16 home runs in 2008, or the guy who stole 78 bases in 2007.
If the Mets do struggle, expect Reyes’ name to be tossed around in July and don’t be surprised if Alderson pulls the trigger on a deal to net some value in return for him.