Last night and today, there’s been a lot of buzz in the Mets blogosphere about Jose Reyes being on the trading block. This rumor originated on 7 Train To Shea, where Matt Pignataro wrote:
According to sources, the Mets have put word out to teams that SS Jose Reyes is available and will look to trade Reyes during the Winter Meetings.
The Red Sox, Orioles, and Rays have called to get a feel for the situation and trade talks will likely heat up during the winter, the sources believe.
After a flurry of emails regarding this rumor, I did some investigating myself and reached out to many of my own contacts as well as other notable mainstream journalists and beat writers. None of them confirmed the news or believed the information to be accurate, including one notable beat writer from Boston.
I wanted to reach out to writers who cover Baltimore, Boston and the Tampa area because the rumor as posted, specifically states that these three teams have already contacted the Mets and initiated a dialog with Sandy Alderson about Jose Reyes. I’m still waiting to hear back from a few more of them, but based on the several responses I received already, the sources Pignataro cites seem to have some very bad information.
One prominent beat writer I spoke with, told me that it’s almost impossible to imagine Sandy Alderson trading Jose Reyes especially when you consider his trade value is at an all-time low. He also explained to me that no team, especially the Red Sox and Rays, would surrender top prospects for a one year rental of a player who has struggled with injuries for two straight seasons and is owed $11 million dollars. Compounding the situation is that at the end of the season Jose Reyes walks away as a free agent.
Another beat writer told me,
“Reyes’ greatest value to the Mets is to prove he is healthy, have a great season, and giving the Mets a reason to sign him to a long term deal.”
Do you believe that a general manager as intelligent as Sandy Alderson, would trade his number one bargaining chip at a time when that player’s value is at a historic low?
Alderson himself said the following about Jose Reyes as recently as seven days ago,
“Jose Reyes is one of the most dynamic players in the game and there never was any doubt about picking up his option,” Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said in a statement. “A long-term deal is not out of the question. It is something we can certainly discuss at a future date.”
Also, during his introductory press conference, Alderson explained in detail about the relationship and bonds that fans develop with certain core players.
“One of the reasons fans like baseball is because it provides a certain amount of consistency and continuity in their lives that maybe doesn’t exist otherwise,” Alderson said, hinting that he would not immediately look to trade Reyes or third baseman David Wright. “It’s important to recognize that at times. There’s a bond that exists over time.”
It is well documented that Jose Reyes fully intends to finish his career with the New York Mets because of his love for the team, the city, and his fans.
“I can’t wait to get started again. This is where I began my career and this is where I want to stay. I want to do everything I can to help turn this around here. The last four years have been disappointing for everyone. We have to make it better and we will.”
Based on all the information I could gather, and all the people I spoke with, and the many people I have emailed in the last 24 hours,
“Jose Reyes is not going anywhere.”
Those were the words of one contact who called the Mets this morning and tried to get some confirmation for me.
As far as I’m concerned, you can all pencil Jose Reyes into your scorecards on Opening Day against the Marlins. Let’s hope he starts the season with a leadoff homerun in the first inning that will set the stage for a monster season for Jose Reyes. LGM
Incidentally, Carlos Beltran said today that Sandy Alderson, Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan will all be on hand Saturday afternoon for his fundraiser. Beltran is seeking to open his new Baseball Academy in August 2011.