The title says it all.
Jose Reyes is quite the dynamic player and I would absolutely love nothing more than seeing him in a Cincinnati uniform next year.
Reyes could come at a bargain considering his injury-plagued / down year in 2010 and the Reds could easily acquire him. He would fit nicely at the top of the lineup and could be our leadoff man or bat in the two hole. Now, I know Reyes isn’t a huge OBP kind of guy, but he never has been. I still feel he’d be a better fit up there than anyone else we’ve had recently. I know Brandon Phillips had a pretty decent year batting leadoff for us, but he’s not the long-term solution. Not to knock Paul Janish, but I think Reyes could really help us more than Janish could for the time being.
As I was saying, we could easily acquire him. I know all the reports out there say the Mets are shopping him and will listen, but it would be strange to see them move him at such a low value.
I can honestly think of two or three names that could help sweep the Mets off their feet. I know they have Ike Davis and David Wright, but I feel like trading Juan Francisco, Yonder Alonso, and maybe a pitcher to add to their rotation would go nicely for Reyes. Francisco and Alonso could also be trade chips from them along the road, or they could end up using one if they trade any of their corner infielders.
Jocketty has always had some kind of nice trade come along and I think Reyes would fit nicely in the ‘Nati. We all know Reyes’ name is going to be thrown around in the Winter Meetings next week and I have a feeling Reyes could be on the Reds radar.
On with the Hot Stove Recap:
– Javier Vazquez moved from pinstripes to sunny Miami, agreeing to a deal with Florida Marlins. The veteran had a real down year in 2010, but I expect to see him have a nice bounce back and be able to show he’s capable of being an inning-eater for them again.
– In L.A., the boys in blue have swung deals for both Jon Garland and Juan Uribe. Garland returns to the Dodgers for his second time, while Uribe is expected to bring his clutch bat with him from San Francisco.
– The AL Champion Texas Rangers signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two year deal and fills the huge void at catcher for them. I still don’t think Taylor Teagarden is the right guy for them, so maybe see the Rangers pick someone else up or resign Matt Treanor.