New York Mets Should Not Pursue a Trade for Jose Reyes

Yahoo Contributor Network

COMMENTARY | The New York Mets and Sandy Alderson still have issues to fill on their roster following their recent signing of free-agent outfielder Curtis Granderson.

Alderson found a trade partner in the Toronto Blue Jays last winter to acquire Travis d'Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard. While the Jays have players the Mets could use for 2014, they should not be pursuing a reunion with Jose Reyes to be their shortstop.

Too many years and too much money left on his contract

It took Alderson three years, but the Mets are finally free from the long-term contracts that were financially handcuffing them. Acquiring Reyes would undo that hard work.

Reyes is set to make $16 million in 2014, followed by $22 million per season until 2017. Marc Carig of Newsday reports the Mets have about $13 million left to distribute among multiple needs. Spending it all (and then some) on one player would not make sense.

His age

A big part of Reyes' game is his speed. That was on full display while in New York -- his 370 stolen bases and 99 triples are the best in Mets history. He likely won't be able to maintain his speed as he continues to age.

Reyes is entering his age-31 season in 2014. He was limited to 93 games last season, stealing 15 bases. It was the second time since 2005 that Reyes didn't swipe at least 30 bags.

He already reached the peak of his career with regard to his speed. As he moves toward the end of his current contract, the Blue Jays should expect his stolen base numbers to continue this downward trend.

Injury history

From 2005 through 2008, Reyes was durable -- he played at least 150 games each season. In his last three years with New York, he failed to play more than 135 games in any season.

He suited up for 160 games with the Marlins in 2012, but a sprained ankle last season forced him to play in fewer than 100 games. If the Mets were to acquire him and pay his salary, he would need to stay healthy. That is far from a guarantee.

Asking price in a trade would be too high

Alderson is aware his next moves this offseason will likely come via trade. He looks unwilling to trade any of his top minor league prospects, and rightfully so.

The Blue Jays may unload a high-salaried veteran player for the right package, but they'll likely want impact prospects in return.

Reyes hasn't been brought up in any trade rumors. It would be difficult for Alderson to convince Toronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos that trading his shortstop for an underwhelming package is a good idea.

If the Mets truly wanted him, he would've never left New York

The conditions under which Reyes left New York via free agency are hazy. Andy Martino of the NY Daily News reported Alderson didn't make a formal offer to him. The general manager did make it clear the organization wasn't willing to match the six-year/$106 million offer he received from the Marlins.

If Alderson and ownership truly felt having Reyes as the team's shortstop was an important piece of New York's next championship puzzle, they would've made every effort to retain him. We saw that last winter with David Wright agreeing to an eight-year/$138 million contract extension.

Two years after letting him walk without much of a fight, New York isn't going to make a major trade for a speed player on the wrong side of 30 with a huge salary -- and it shouldn't.

Sources:

Newsday: report on remaining money available for the Mets this winter

NY Daily News: report on Reyes' contract agreement with the Marlins

Baseball Reference: player statistics and salary information

Matt Musico's Mets opinion has been featured on MLB Trade Rumors, Bleacher Report, MetsBlog, Amazin' Avenue and Mets Merized Online. To keep up with Matt, you can follow him on Twitter.

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Baseball
View Comments