The Toronto Blue Jays and the New York Mets are off to slow starts this season. The Mets main problem is their lack of a shortstop and consistent bullpen, while the Blue Jays seem to be struggling on all cylinders. Earlier this week, the Blue Jays made public the fact that they are shopping names such as Mark Beuhrle, Edwin Encarnacion, Jose Bautista, Brett Lawrie, and Jose Reyes. Reyes has not played for the Mets since 2011 when he won a batting title, but he could be coming back. The teams interested in making a trade with the Blue Jays are the Atlanta Braves, New York Yankees, and New York Mets. So, Reyes has a 2/3 chance of returning to New York, and a 1/3 chance of rejoining the Mets. Of course, no one knows who the Blue Jays will make a deal with (if they decide to) but for now, the Mets and Yankees seem to be the two most intriguing teams in their view.
New York Mets: Imagine this: after three years of being hated by Mets fans, former shortstop Jose Reyes could make a return to the team. After all, the Blue Jays have what the Mets want and vise versa. If the Mets and Blue Jays made a trade, the Mets could send Chris Young, Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mehjia, and Bartolo Colon to the Jays in return for Jose Reyes, Mark Beuhrle, and Edwin Encarnacion. This trade would benefit both sides, as the Mets would get a shortstop, a starting pitcher, and a legitimate first baseman in return for what seems to be scraps on their roster. So let’s be honest… would it be that bad if Reyes came back to the Mets after turning his back on the organization and its fans?
New York Yankees: Derek Jeter is one of the best shortstops ever to play the game of baseball, and he will be retiring after the 2014 season. This leaves the Yankees with a huge hole to fill in the offseason, and they seem to be against spending big money to fill important blank spots on their roster (third base and second base are two positions not filled by big money this offseason). So why try to spend money for an inconsistent player such as Hanley Ramirez this offseason, if they can easily trade for a short stop and a few other players? In this trade scenario, the Yankees would send Ichiro, Brian Roberts, and cash to the Blue Jays for Reyes (who would play as an alternate shortstop and second baseman), Beuhrle, and Lawrie in exchange. This would fill the Yankees holes at shortstop (primarily after this season), starting rotation, and third base (if they move Yangervis Solarte to second).
There is a very good chance of Reyes returning to New York, and a good chance that he may return to the Mets. Personally, I would love if Reyes returned, as it would fill a gaping hole in the Mets lineup, and would give them more speed. As for the Yankees, it would save them the trouble of signing Stephen Drew this June or Hanley Ramirez this offseason, and would provide an alternate lead off hitter in their lineup. Will Reyes come back to New York? Only time will tell. But what do you think? Should the Mets make a trade or not?