By: Daniel Satter
Meanwhile, the trade deadline featured one of the biggest trades ever and it included pretty much Jose Reyes for Troy Tulowitzki. Others were included, but it seems like Reyes really does not want to be part of the Rockies and the Rockies do not want him in their future plans. The Rockies are looking for trade partners to dump the 32-year-old shortstop and look to rebuild around Nolan Arenado.
In addition, here is what Nick Groke of the Denver Post found out when he recorded Reyes saying “You come from a ball club that was competing for a spot in the playoffs and you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”
Next, Jose Reyes has declined to a point and injuries have impacted his career. Reyes has hit 6 homers and driven in 41 RBIs. Reyes has only swiped 19 bases. He is batting .279 on the season combined between Toronto and Colorado. Reyes really has declined in the stolen bag department. He easily averages at least 30 plus stolen bases a year and also, Reyes shockingly has no triples this year. His defense is declining too, but he will still make the easy routine plays. More of his range is diminishing. So really he doe not make the flash plays like he use to make. Just like Asdrubal Cabrera.
Futhermore, the New York Yankees can use Reyes, who last week did clear the trade waivers. The Yankees could find a way to use him. First, the Yankees current shortstop Didi Gregorius has really picked up his game after struggling almost all season. Didi is young and also remember he use to be a top prospect in the Reds organization. The Yankees second basemen has been a platoon party between Stephen Drew and Brendan Ryan. Didi could move to second base and give the Yankees a better middle infield with Reyes and Gregorius. Reyes will add versatility in the lineup because he can bat at the top of the lineup or middle of the lineup and adds speed on the base paths with Ellsbury and Gardner. The Yankees would not have to give up that much to acquire Jose Reyes. The Yankees would have to maybe give up second baseman Robert Refsynder and pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo. The Rockies would most likely extra just send over some money, but the Yankees would have to cover most of his remaining $44 mil for the 2016 and 2017 season. Also, in 2018 if you do not want to pay him $22 mil you can buy him out and just give him $4 mil.
If the Yankees get Reyes they will have a good chance to beat out the Blue Jays for the AL East crown. Also, Reyes would love to come back to the AL East and show the Blue Jays that trading him was a mistake. Yankees could make some noise and will look back at this trade and be like “wow acquiring Reyes saved our season and allowed us a chance to make a run in the playoffs”. Do it Yankees. Best move you can make.