What Do You Think, Should The Mets Go After Reyes?

Losing has a way of changing one’s perception. For the Mets in means dramatically softening their “you gotta be kidding me,” stance on bringing back Jose Reyes to `let’s think about it.” Losing third baseman David Wright and a team-wide offensive drought gave GM Sandy Alderson second thoughts.

He’s kicking the tires on the idea of a reunion.

Reyes has been on the radar of Mets’ fans almost from the moment he bolted for the Miami Marlins. It wasn’t long before he was traded to Toronto, and Colorado, before he was designated for assignment. The Rockies have until Saturday to trade him, or put him on release waivers where he’d become a free agent and they would have to eat his salary.

REYES: Reunion would be a good idea now. (AP)

REYES: Reunion would be a good idea now. (AP)

Compared to the $106 million Reyes got when he signed with Miami, the Mets would be on the hook for a prorated portion of the major-league minimum. That’s chump change for a temporary fix to their offensive problems.

We’re still four to five weeks from the trade deadline, but teams like the White Sox, who have Todd Frazier, and the Rays, who have Evan Longoria, will decide whether or not they want to trade. When you look at the standings, there are about ten teams you would be pretty confident saying won’t make the playoffs. Minnesota, the Angels and Oakland in the American League; the Phillies, Braves, Brewers, Rockies, Arizona, San Diego and Reds in the National League.

However, with the wild card, playoff scenarios can be fluid. That means Reyes could be a Band-Aid until the Mets can trade for a tourniquet.

Manager Terry Collins didn’t seem to object to the idea when he spoke to reporters: “When we lost Jose, I thought, ‘Boy, this is a major piece gone.’  His energy to play the game, his love to play the game, his love to play the game in New York City, it’s hard to find. It’s hard to find those guys. We missed him. I don’t know what’s going to happen down the road. Certainly, I always root for him.”

Even so, bringing back Reyes doesn’t come without baggage and issues:

* Most recently, there was a domestic-violence incident last Oct. 31 in Hawaii. He was arrested, but charges were dropped when his wife would not cooperate with authorities. The State of Hawaii couldn’t come up with a case and he served his suspension from Major League Baseball. In the eyes of the law, Reyes paid his debt and merits a second chance.

Today on talk-radio, a point was raised that Mets’ fans, if unhappy about Reyes based on the domestic issue, can influence the team’s decision. Don’t bet on that, because the thinking is if Reyes can help he’ll be signed. By now, I hope you realize the Mets will ignore the media – I’m used to that – and fans when it comes to building their team.

Word is Reyes wants to return, but it will be as a third baseman. If |the Mets want him to make public appearances against domestic violence, that’s part of the plan. Reyes would not push Asdrubal Cabrera off shortstop.

* It must also be noted the 2016 version of Reyes is greatly different than the player who beat out a bunt and walked off the field to preserve his batting title. I never liked that about Reyes and neither did the Mets. Apparently, their dire offensive situation gave them pause to move on.

I was against keeping Reyes at first, then bringing him back, because he’s a speed player who didn’t run his last year with the team and had two stints on the disabled list with hamstring pulls. If you’re thinking Reyes will come here and steal 30 bases for the Mets, well, can I interest you in some ocean front property in Arizona?

If Reyes returns he’ll still have the same issues of a mediocre on-base percentage and a lot of strikeouts. But, he would hit leadoff which would enable the Mets to drop Curtis Granderson to the middle of the order where he and Yoenis Cespedes would be back-to-back.

The way the Mets are presently constructed, having a healthy Reyes back, even though his skills might be diminished, would be an improvement.

Go for it.

3 thoughts on “What Do You Think, Should The Mets Go After Reyes?

  1. I’m really, really conflicted on whether to bring back Reyes. I’ll try to keep this short. First, per your mention of Evan Longoria, they can’t go anywhere near him. He’s not the player he was three years ago, and he’s due $107 million over the next seven years. No thanks.

    As for Reyes, he’s one of the few players whose jerseys I purchased, and he was an amazing player to watch. I never wanted to see Reyes go, even though I knew it was coming.

    While on principle I believe domestic violence to be a scourge, an inexcusable attack on a person that is unforgivable, I also don’t believe in blackballing players after they’ve served suspension and/or jail time. Once you’ve paid your debt, you should be able to resume your career.

    Aroldis Chapman was heralded for how he handled his case, and accepting his suspension without appeal. He’s a stud reliever on the most famous team in the world, and his personal history has become an afterthought as we enter the summer. It wasn’t long ago that the trade to acquire him was criticized, and him scrutinized. But that eventually dissipated.

    Reyes isn’t Chapman. He isn’t in his prime. He’s possibly even washed up. Which is why I believe some people who are overly adamant about not bringing him here are grandstanding a bit. It’s easier to say you can blackball or avoid a player for domestic violence when he’s 33 years old and is half the player he was ten years ago. It’s easy to point at him and take your principled stand. Ray Rice was an aging running back, committed his crime, and he’s out of the league. Greg Hardy rock-bottomed his girlfriend on to a pile of guns. He played for the Cowboys last year because Greg Hardy is an all world defensive player.

    So this is where I’m at – I do believe Reyes would be gracious to come home, that a return to the Mets could rejuvenate him for at least this summer, and in turn help the Mets as a leadoff hitter & possibly even third baseman, which he’s apparently willing to play. The Mets need help, and they need it now, and he’s an economical option in a league without very many.

    He served his time. He’s apologetic. I won’t wear his jersey or cheer “Jose!” for a guy who will forever be tainted by the stain of violence against women. But I will be happy to see him home, and rebuild both his character, his career, and the Mets chances at the playoffs. Sometimes a second chance is warranted.

  2. Reyes should transition to a power hitter. He has tremendous explosiveness. He could definitely be an effective power hitter. He strikes out too much and walks to little to be a good leadoff hitter. He won’t help them from the leadoff spot. He needs to try to hit home runs and drive balls into the gaps.

    • Reyes has pop, but he’s not a power hitter. His career high was 19 (ten years ago) and he’s 33 years old. It’s a little late in the game to reinvent himself. He’s not exactly adept at pitch selection, either.