Monday, November 6, 2017

Zistle Trade #80: CardinalSauce

Next up is new trade partner Marc.  He reached out with a request for some 1983 Topps needs and offered back a decent package in return.

Okay, so these Jose Reyes cards of him playing with the Rockies don't show him playing at Citi Field.  It would have been cool if they were, because I was at 3 of those 4 games in 2015.

Jose Reyes was the spark plus for the Mets from 2003 through 2011.  He was a cornerstone of the Mets along with David Wright.  He was a 4 time All Star and 2011 NL batting champion.  He left New York for a big contract with the Miami Marlins, but was never really the same.  

He played one season with the Marlins before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays who then sent him to Colorado two and a half seasons later.  He only played with the Rockies for the latter half of the 2015 season, but you could tell he wasn't enjoying it.  Jose was arrested later that off season for allegedly assaulting his wife.  With the domestic violence charge looming, his time with Colorado was all but done.

Reyes returned to the Mets mid-way through the 2016 after serving his suspension and subsequent DFA from the Rockies.  It was a risky PR move for the Mets, but I feel it was the right move.  We all make mistakes and learn from them and it appeared that Jose did just that during his suspension. 

Jose finished out his Marlins contract with the Mets following the 2017 season and is now a free agent.  There is questions as to whether he is a fit for the 2018 Mets team, but he seems to definitely prefer a return.  I personally wouldn't mind seeing him back next season as a bench/utility role.  I think he can still be that spark plug he once was and also provide a veteran voice to the clubhouse.  Between him and Asdrubal Cabrera, I feel Reyes is the better fit.

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