Several insiders have reported that the Reds have discussed what it would take to land Jose Reyes from the Mets. To this point, I am unsure how far the talks have progressed and whether the talks are still going on.
However, a deal for Reyes would make sense for both teams. The Reds need a leadoff hitter and could look to upgrade over Paul Janish at shortstop. The Mets, on the other hand, are looking for pitching and some depth for their depleted minor league system.
So what would a package for Jose Reyes look like and would Walt Jocketty bite?
The Reds would almost certainly have to give up either Mike Leake, Travis Wood or Homer Bailey. And in addition, the Mets could be looking for two more prospects, one a top tier prospect and another lower level prospect. There has been much discussion regarding which of the three starting pitchers listed above would be most likely to be traded. Leake, I believe, would probably be Walt Jocketty’s last choice with Wood or Bailey going before him.
It is not believed that Jocketty wants to trade Yonder Alonso, and the Mets already have Ike Davis at first base.
The other question mark regarding a potential deal with the Mets is how the Reds would be able to pay Reyes salary and would any subsequent moves follow. Reyes would stretch the Reds budget a bit.
Walt Jocketty continues to negotiate extensions with Johnny Cueto and Joey Votto as Bruce and Arroyo have already been extended. The Reds received a nice break when Arroyo restructured his contract to take a lot of deferred money and money down the line.
Jose Reyes is one of the best leadoff men in baseball when he is healthy. The last two seasons he has had some injury problems, but his speed on the basepaths scares anybody. Having Reyes and Stubbs in the same lineup would put pressure on any defense.
Here is a look at the Reds’ likely lineup with Jose Reyes leading off:
SS-Jose Reyes, 2B-Brandon Phillips, 1B-Joey Votto, 3B-Scott Rolen, RF-Jay Bruce, CF-Drew Stubbs, LF-Jonny Gomes, C-Ryan Hanigan.
The lineup would be deep and a huge weapon for the Reds club that was already tops in the National League last year offensively. Lets be honest, I give this deal a less than 50% chance of happening, but it could be a trade that could push the Reds into the World Series if it did happen.