Who else is sick and tired of hearing trade rumors of Mets players? I cannot stand it when people say that the Mets will not be able to afford Jose Reyes. This place is turning into Posting and Tosting right before the Knicks got Carmelo. The Mets actually are still playing and I would like to focus on the players we do have. If you want to talk trades, do that in the offseason and then you may resume talks in July. But for now, this is why it is absolutely ridiculous for any of this conversation.
Trade "Candidate" #1: Jose Reyes. I am absolutely shocked at how many rumors there are of trading him. First off, to anyone who says the Mets will not be able to afford to resign him, Brooklyn Dodgers Mets Fan wrote a fantastic piece about the Mets finances. He concluded that after arbitration increases and payroll cuts, the Mets will stay have over $30 million coming off the books for next season and that will be more than enough to sign Jose Reyes and sign some other role players. Jose Reyes is easily in the top 5 shortstops in all of baseball and probably in the top 3 right behind Hanley Ramirez and Troy Tulowitzki. As of right now, Reyes leads all Major League shortstops with a 1.7 WAR, which is good for 7th overall for any position. Since 2008, Reyes has been fifth in WAR among shortstops, only behind Hanley, Tulo, and Jeter and Rollins who are both on the decline. Jose Reyes is easily the third best shortstop in baseball and even though he will be paid as such, the Mets are able to pay him that. It can also be said that Reyes is the best leadoff man in baseball as well as a terrific sparkplug, which is really invaluable in baseball.
Trade "Candidate" #2: David Wright. I am completely appalled that people even think that trading David Wright is a logical move for the Mets. We are talking the franchise player for a team that is a second baseman, a solid bullpen and a healthy Johan Santana away from making the playoffs. If the Mets were a team like the Pirates or the Royals who have no hope and have to rebuild, then trading the franchise player is fine. But the Mets honestly are a team that is just a few pieces away from making the playoffs. About two weeks ago, I asked the readers of Amazin' Avenue if you thought the Mets were a playoff team. Almost half of you said yes. Since 2008, David Wright has ranked third, fourth if you are counting Kevin Youkilis, among all Major League 3rd baseman in WAR. And keep in mind his career year was in 2007, so that isn't even being counted. David Wright is still only 28 years old, and he is locked up on an affordable contract for a few more years. There is absolutely no understandable logic to me that would support trading David Wright.
Trade "Candidate" #3: Carlos Beltran. Of the "Big 3", Beltran is the only one that I would consider trading. Whereas Reyes and Wright do not have any apparent successors, the Mets have outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis raking at AAA, and if Jason Pridie keeps playing well then then the Mets will have an outfield logjam once Angel Pagan comes back. At 34 years old, Beltran may leave as a free agent in order to either join a better ballclub to make the playoffs, or to sign his last possibly big contract. It would make some sense for the Mets to try and get some value out of him instead of letting him walk for nothing, except the possible draft pick compensation if he is a Type A or B free agent, as he is likely to be. If the Mets are out of contention around the break, there isn't much use in keeping him around, as they will look to get younger for the future and probably wouldn't resign Beltran anyway. However, this is the thing. IF THE METS ARE OUT OF CONTENTION AT THE BREAK. Key words being "at the break". It is way too early to give up on the season, and therefore it is way to early to consider trading away anyone.
Case in point: Everyone shut up about trades, it is annoying and stupid and there isn't much point in trading anyone. This goes to all you baseball journalists working for the big newspapers and corporations. It is just May, the weather is beautiful, and baseball is finally in full swing. Watch the game and enjoy it.