Interesting stuff happened on Thursday. It was revealed that the Mets checked in on Andrelton Simmons, were told it would take Harvey or deGrom, and promptly checked back out. Simmons was ultimately dealt to the Angels.
Meanwhile there seems to be a chance that the Mets would not even tender a contract to shortstop Ruben Tejada who is in line to make about $3 million in 2016.
A few days ago Jose Reyes, former beloved Mets star, got into major trouble with the law as he was arrested in a domestic violence incidence. Reyes had a so-so season in Toronto during 2015 and when traded to Colorado played poorly on both sides of the ball with general disinterest.
All this being said it might make sense for the Mets to check in on how much it would cost to reacquire Reyes and how much of the contract the Rockies would be willing to eat. Keep in mind that Rockies bloggers are calling for Jose to be traded or even released.
Jose Reyes’ contract calls for him to receive $22 million in 2016 and then another 22 in 2017. He has an option for 2018 and a buyout for $4 million. Simply put he is owed $48 million for the next two years of playing.
Here’s his Marcel projection for 2016: BA .275 HR 9 SB 20 and an OPS of 710. This is not something you would want your team paying $22 million for. But it is likely worth about half that especially if he can play better defense than he did for the Rockies in his stint there.
The swap that could make sense for both teams is:
Jose Reyes + $23 million for Michael Cuddyer
Cuddyer had great success with the Rockies. It is likely that they would welcome him back with open arms. They have been discussing signing Daniel Murphy to be their first baseman. Perhaps Cuddyer could fill that position.
Cuddyer is owed $12,500,000 for the 2016 season and there is no 2017 option involved.
The way it works for the Rockies is they are out from under Reyes’ contract. They have a hot prospect shortstop named Trevor Story who should be ready some time this year. They get back a familiar face for a position of need and while they lose a good bit of money on the deal it is still far far better than releasing this troubled player and swallowing a $48 million loss.
Meanwhile the Mets rid themselves of Cuddyer and likely have upgraded at shortstop. At his worst Reyes still figures to be a better offensive and defensive performer than Wilmer Flores. The team likely could release Tejada and pocket the $3 million savings (minus the half mill given to his replacement, likely Matt Reynolds).
The $12.5 million that Reyes gets from the Mets in 2016 would be the same that they would have given Cuddyer. And then in 2017 Jose gets the same $12.5. By the time 2017 is over some of the shortstop prospects in the Mets’ system should be ready to take over.
Of course, one big consideration is what length suspension Reyes might be facing. If the commissioner comes down hard with a 50 or more game suspension then the whole thing would need to be rethought.
Given how difficult and expensive it is to get a shortstop who can play defense and offense this crazy idea just might work.