Jose Reyes Offers To Play Another Position

An article by posted on March 9, 2009

There was an interesting article from Jim Baumbach of Newsday this morning in which he reported that Jose Reyes would be willing to switch to another position for the WBC Dominican team.

Jose Reyes said he told Dominican Republic manager Felipe Alou he is willing to play “anywhere on the field” in order to get both Reyes and Hanley Ramirez in the lineup at the same time.

Reyes didn’t think the Mets would have a problem if he played elsewhere – “They know I represent my country so I’m here to play the game,” he said – but odds are Reyes won’t be moving away from shortstop anytime soon. Same goes for Ramirez.

In any case, let the record show Reyes made the offer.

“I’m here to play baseball no matter where he puts me,” he said when I asked him if he’s willing to change positions. “I told him if he puts me in another position I’m going to play it because I’m here to represent my country anywhere on the field … I’ll be ready. That’s what I told Felipe. I would be ready wherever you need me. I’m here.”

Two things…

First, if both Hanley Ramirez and Jose Reyes are in the same lineup, wouldn’t you would prefer the better defensive player to play shortstop? Obviously in this case, that better player would be Jose Reyes, and it’s not even close.

Second, down the road and in the future, the Mets may have to make decision if and when the organizations top prospect Wilmer Flores, makes his Mets debut. Flores may eventually be moved to another position, but for now he is still exclusively a shortstop.

Some scouts have said that as Wilmer develops he may end up looking like Miguel Cabrera, forcing a switch to another position. (maybe leftfield?) Nobody doubts his power potential and his quick bat speed, but he is considered average at best as a runner. Some believe he will be a consistent 30 homer – 100 RBI hitter in the Major Leagues.

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