Giants GM Brian Sabean denied a report that he has dicussed a swap for Jose Reyes with the Mets.
“Honestly, I haven’t seen or talked to Sandy Alderson since January. I haven’t talked to anybody from the Mets, so I have no idea where the hell it came from.”
Yesterday after the game, Jose Reyes was asked about his impending free agency and told SNY he has had no conversations regarding his contract and would rather not think about it or pay attention to any of the rumors.
“I’m still a New York Met, so whatever happens, happens. I just want to play baseball,” Reyes said. “I just told my agent, ‘I just want to focus on playing baseball. I don’t want to think about anything else,’ because right now I’m still a New York Met.”
Original Post 5/4 – Source: Mets Are Shopping Jose Reyes
Last night, Jose Reyes reached base in all six plate appearances with three walks, a double and two singles and dating back to Sunday has reached in seven straight plate appearance (walk). The three walks tied his career-high which he has done five previous times, the last coming on August 18, 2008 vs. Atlanta.
Reyes in now batting .325 to lead the team and for those of you keeping tabs, his on-base percentage is at a robust .377. He has as many walks, eleven, as strikeouts, which seemed to be a huge thing when some fans elated over Brad Emaus earlier this season. Reyes also has 11 stolen bases to lead the National League.
According to a report by Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area, the Giants have discussed Jose Reyes as a possible trade target and more importantly it appears that the Mets have decided to field offers for Reyes and his $11MM salary this summer.
Mired in major financial trouble as the result of owner Fred Wilpon’s alleged ties to Bernie Madoff and the infamous “Ponzi Scheme,” the Mets, according to the New York-based source, have already decided to shop Reyes (and perhaps Carlos Beltran and David Wright) and will be looking to stockpile and rebuild with high-level prospects rather than established players anywhere near arbitration or free agency.
With no internal options available at shortstop, the Giants are looking to fill that void via trade and Jose Reyes has been widely discussed.
Reyes, 27, is a one-man show when he’s healthy, and he’s been just that this year for the Mets, who are paying him $11 million in the option year of his contract. Expected to be one of the top free-agent targets after the season, Reyes entered Tuesday’s opener of a three-game series against the Giants batting .309 with nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 10 stolen bases in 28 games.
The source noted that a Giants-Mets swap could work in that New York isn’t likely to do what many teams have done to end conversations with Giants general manager Brian Sabean: demand a member of San Francisco’s vaunted starting rotation.
So for those of you who are thinking Sanchez or Cain may be in the offing in a Reyes swap, think again.
It appears this will be a pure salary dump with only prospects coming in exchange if it actually comes to fruition.
Like all rumors, take it with a grain of salt. This is not the first time since last season ended that Jose Reyes has been linked to the Giants, so this rumor may have legs.
It would bother me to see us trade Reyes for prospects, especially when the majority of them never even make it to the majors and half of those who do end up mostly in reserve roles. You would think a player as dynamic as Reyes who can be such a catalyst for any team, could be traded without any proven major league r in return, especially a starting pitcher who we desperately need.