Blue Jays could make Jose Bautista and Jose Reyes available in a trade

Posted: October 11, 2013 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inman

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After coming into the season as title contenders and finishing in last place the Toronto Blue Jays will look to shake up their team. One of the ways they could do that is by trading OF Jose Bautista and SS Jose Reyes. The Blue Jays would want major league starting pitching in a deal for either player.

Bautista, 33, is coming off another strong season although he did miss nearly 50 games. He is a Sandy Alderson type of player who walks a lot and hits for a massive amount of power. He should have a strong market if the Blue Jays truly make their star right fielder available.

We all know about Jose Reyes and while it is plausible to think that the Blue Jays would trade him I don’t think he will be making a reunion to Queens anytime soon. Sandy Alderson didn’t want to sign Reyes as a free agent in the first place, why would he give up prospects now along with taking on the $86 million left on his deal? The answer is Alderson won’t. In fact I think there is a much better chance that if Reyes ever comes back to New York, it will be as a Yankee. Although I don’t believe that scenario is likely either.

Reyes has made his money because of his legs and in 2013 he stole just 15 bases in 93 games. If the Blue Jays wanted they could trade him but I don’t think they could get a ton back in return when he has 4 years left on his deal for $86 million and is coming off another year where he missed a lot of time.

I’m very skeptical that the Blue Jays who only have had their core together for one year, would make such a drastic move like this. Bautista has become the face of their franchise and has emerged as one of the greatest power threats in the game over the past four years. He is also on an affordable contract, 2 years and $29 million with one team option year. Plus I don’t think Reyes is the best option for the Mets right now despite their enormous hole at shortstop.

Should the Mets be interested in Reyes or Bautista?

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Once again I think that you are right on about this hyped up rumor that has been written about on other blogs. In retropect not re-signing Reyes, although he was hammered by the fans and press about it, may have been one of Sandy Alderson’s smartest moves ever. Reyes is now past his prime and is still as injury prone as he ever was. I still recall watching him miss clutch opportunity after clutch opportunity with pop ups and ground outs when the Mets took their infamus nose dive in 2007. I have no reason that he would now come through for the Mets in any future September stretch drive if that opportunity were to ever materialize for the Mets again if Reyes ever wore a Mets uniform again. As for Bautista the Jays would be very foolish if they didn’t make him an offer that he couldn’t refuse and their GM is, in my opinion, not foolish. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike I completely agree. Everyone wants to bring back Reyes because the Mets had some strong seasons with him as their shortstop. He will go down as one of the best to play short in Queens but he is the Mets past not their future. As for Bautista, while he has been injury prone the last few years he is still very productive and on a nice contract. It would probably cost a fortune for him and I think when all is said and done the Blue Jays give it another try with their core in tact. Appreciate the comment Mike

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