Ben Nicholson-Smith of SportsNet Canada is reporting that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is willing to trade some of the Blue Jays’ “core” for starting pitching depth including shortstop Jose Reyes. Anthopoulos seems to be, and rightfully so, employing the “no one is untouchable” strategy.
“The core that we have in place from a contractual standpoint speaks for itself,” he says. “That’s not to say that we would rule anything out. No one has a no-trade clause. Clearly, with players that are productive if you move those players you don’t want to fill one hole to create one in another area. But I don’t think we ever enter any discussions saying we’re unwilling to discuss any player.”
Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion could also be on the trade market this winter for the right price, but I think Reyes would be the most tradeable of their assets, and perhaps the one the Mets would be most interested in. There are arguments to be made for the pursuit of either Bautista or Encarnacion, but Reyes could fill the most glaring need. There are outfielders out there in the free agent market — and Jose Abreu could fill the power-hitting first baseman slot without surrendering any prospects, so Reyes would likely be the best target.
The Mets have a ton of young pitching available — highlighted by the prospect we received last year from Toronto in Noah Syndergaard. Depending on if the Mets were to take on the full value of Reyes’ contract, the price might be a bit more acceptable, but Rafael Montero would almost be a lock to be shipped over there. Dillon Gee and Daniel Murphy could see their names thrown into the hat as well. Unfortunately, when I wrote about Reyes earlier in the year, I noted that the Mets likely won’t even take the situation seriously without the Jays eating some of his contract, and I still feel that way. Reyes is owed $82 million over the next four years.
At the very least, Reyes probably still wants to return to the Mets — he recently bought a multi-million dollar house here in Long Island, according to Newsday. He fills a need and acquiring him would be less costly financially and in prospects — in comparison to Troy Tulowitzki, who might not even be available. As always, I’m on board with adding Jose Reyes to our team again, but we will see what happens.