Fans Would Flip, But Amazin's Don't Seem To Be Interested

NEW YORK (WFAN) — Troy Tulowitzki isn’t going to be joining the New York Mets anytime soon. But the Rockies now have another All-Star infielder worth looking into: Jose Reyes, who was traded to Colorado in Monday night’s blockbuster with the Toronto Blue Jays.

After the swap of star shortstops, WFAN and baseball insider Jon Heyman tweeted that Reyes could be a “candidate to be flipped” with the July 31 trading deadline quickly approaching.

A reunion with the Amazin’s would make sense. The Mets and Rockies are presumably familiar with each other’s pieces and limitations, considering they were long-rumored to be talking about Tulowitzki. And Reyes, batting .285 with four home runs, 34 RBIs and 16 stolen bases, would be an upgrade over Ruben Tejada (.257, 2 HRs, 18 RBIs, 2 SBs) and Wilmer Flores (.249, 10 HRs, 40 RBIs, 0 SBs).

“Reyes does fill a major need for the Mets. He really does,” WFAN’s Craig Carton said Tuesday morning. “And now that you know the Rockies are in a trading stance, why not call them up?”

The Mets bolstered their lineup Friday by trading for veterans Kelly Johnson and Juan Uribe. General manager Sandy Alderson kept at it Monday, adding Tyler Clippard to the bullpen in a deal with Oakland. Now the focus is on another offensive player, perhaps one of more significance, either up the middle or in the outfield. New York reportedly inquired about Atlanta shortstop Andrelton Simmons, but the Braves’ asking price was too high.

Reyes, who debuted with the Mets in 2003 and won a batting title in 2011, would solve New York’s woes at leadoff and allow Curtis Granderson to drop to a more fitting slot lower in the order.

“I think every Mets fan would love it,” Carton said. “I think every single Mets fan would say … Sandy Alderson just earned his salary.”

The problem? According to Heyman, the Mets “have no interest” in bringing Reyes back to Queens. The 32-year-old is owed about $56 million through 2017.

Reyes never received a formal offer from Alderson before signing a six-year, $106 million contract with Miami after the 2011 season. At the time, he reportedly would have entertained a five-year deal to stay in New York.

“They don’t make a real offer,” Reyes told WFAN radio after his departure. “They don’t want me there.”

He was traded to Toronto the following offseason.

What do you say? Should the Mets go after Reyes?