Late Monday evening / early Tuesday morning, the Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays made a blockbuster trade, sending shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Jays for Jose Reyes and prospects. At first glance, this trade didn’t seem to make much sense, especially for the Rockies; however, it is likely that they will look to trade the 32 year old Reyes.
Currently, the Rockies sit in last place in the NL West with a 42-55 record, and a full 12.0 games back of the division leading Dodgers. Why would the Rockies want to take on an aging Reyes who will be owed 22 million dollars per year for the next couple of seasons? Especially when they have a solid shortstop prospect in Trevor Story, soon to be ready to make the jump to the big leagues.
The Rockies will most likely trade Reyes, and one has to wonder if the New York Mets will be in the market for the skilled veteran. Despite struggling defensively at times throughout the season, Reyes still has plenty of good baseball left in him, as he currently holds a .285 batting average, with four home runs and 34 runs batted in. Reyes still possesses his electrifying speed, as he has accumulated 16 stolen bases this season.
The New York Mets are in need of some help offensively. Even after trading for veterans Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe, GM Sandy Alderson needs to acquire another bat to bolster the sub-par offense. Could Reyes be the man to help the Mets reach the playoffs for the first time since 2006?
The Mets sit just two games out of the division lead, so it’s time for Alderson to go all in and acquire a solid bat. There is no doubt that Reyes would provide an immediate impact to a Mets lineup which is offensively struggled, and could be the spark the Mets need to pass the Nationals for the division lead.