I do NOT want to trade Jose, but sometimes you have to do things you dont like.
The following is a table that lists the World Series Champions since Reyes came to the Mets in 2003. It lists who their SS was and who their leadoff hitter was and their position.
|World Series Champions||Year||SS||Leadoff Hitter||Position|
|Giants||2010||Edgar Renteria||Andres Torres||OF|
|Yankees||2009||Derek Jeter||Derek Jeter||SS|
|Phillies||2008||Jimmy Rollins||Jimmy Rollins||SS|
|Red Sox||2007||Julio Lugo||Jacoby Ellsbury||OF|
|Cardinals||2006||David Eckstein||David Eckstein||SS|
|White Sox||2005||Juan Uribe||Scott Podsednik||OF|
|Red Sox||2004||Orlando Cabrera||Johnny Damon||OF|
|Marlins||2003||Alex Gonzalez||Juan Pierre||OF|
So obviously everyone can read but 5 times in the last 8 seasons the WS champ did not have a SS leadoff, and their SS was not a top 500 player in the league!
Reyes is a catalyst and an amazing ball player, but SS rarely wins a team championships. Does everyone still disagree?
Why can't we trade Reyes, and find a leadoff hitter who can do what Reyes does but plays CF, plus get a SP in return as long as a 2b, sign a veteran SS and go from there?
Hypothetically speaking what if the Mets traded Reyes to Boston and got Ellsbury, Scutaro(Lowrie) and a SP from Boston ?
Is that line up ANY worse than having Reyes atop the lineup?(Beltran missing because he is always hurt and will not be back next season)
I have NO clue what pitcher would/could be included in that deal but it was just an example