No Way Jose! The Twinkies Should Look Elsewhere For A New Shortstop

An article by posted on November 29, 2007

Last night’s big six player trade which saw the Minnesota Twins acquire OF Delmon Young, INF Brendan Harris and OF Jason Pridie from the Tampa Bay Rays for RHP Matt Garza, SS Jason Bartlett and RHP Eduardo Morlan, has led to some very wild speculation.

Some sites and newspapers are suggesting that in the aftermath of the Twins/Rays trade, Minnesota now had a big gaping hole at shortstop and that they have their eyes set on Jose Reyes.

Hogwash!

That is the most ridiculous of all Mets trade rumors. Omar Minaya is too smart a general manager to trade an everyday superstar shortstop for a starting pitcher, even one as great as Johan Santana.

Jose Reyes is on the verge of becoming one of the greatest Mets position players of all time. In the last three years he has stolen 60 or more bases. He has scored over 325 runs in that same span. He is excellent defensively and getting better everyday. He is already considered one of the finest leadoff hitters in the game, and he is only 24 years old.

Additionally, Omar Minaya has already gone on record and emphatically stated that Jose Reyes, Carlos Beltran and David Wright will not be traded in any scenario.

It’s so sad that after years and years of watching the Yankees win title after title with home grown superstars like Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera, that the Mets finally start bringing up amazing players like Jose Reyes and David Wright and all of a sudden everyone wants to trade them or push them around to other positions.

I wish everyone would just calm down and stop thinking that the future of the Mets revolves around a Johan Santana trade. It doesn’t. Omar Minaya may or may not make a deal for Santana, but if he doesn’t then there is other fish in the sea.

But the notion that Jose Reyes will be sent packing for a player who will only play 30 games a season, is totally insane.

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