Right now the Mets are rolling and playing what many people consider their best baseball since 2006. They’re doing this without Carlos Delgado and Jose Reyes which is leading some people to believe that the Mets do not need these players to win. This is simply not true, the Mets are surviving right now without them but over the long haul they will need Reyes and Delgado to win a championship. The funny part, is that some people actually believe the Mets are better off with Ramon Martinez at shortstop and think trading Reyes is something the Mets should look into. Some of the names being tossed around by these fans? Troy Tulotwiztki, Jack Wilson, and Johhny Peralta.
Now lets look at the stats for those players, the age of those players, and ask yourself; would the Mets really be better off with those players at shortstop instead of Reyes? The answer should be a resounding no. For whatever reason, Reyes has built an image as a punk, a hot dog, a guy who doesn’t care about his team, basically the baseball version of Terrell Owens. How outrageous is that? When I watch Reyes play I see the exact opposite, I see a guy who loves playing the game and sometimes tries too hard which leads to some of his base running mistakes. Reyes led the league in hits last year, is a perennial 60 stolen base threat, plays solid defense, and is the perfect fit for the large gaps of Citi Field. When Reyes reaches base he drives opposing pitchers crazy and is one of the few guys in baseball who basically has a double every time he draws a walk.
So why would people rather have Johnny Peralta, a guy who has a career .336 OBP and has 8 stolen bases in 7 seasons? Or, Jack Wilson who despite his great defense is 31 years old and has a career batting average of .268? I believe the answer is that some of these fans love to overrate there players and then underrate them when those players don’t reach there outrageous expectations. Reyes is still only 26 years old and has plenty of time to improve, but even if he doesn’t, he’s still one of the top 5 shortsops in baseball and will be for the next 10 years. Ramon Martinez, Jack Wilson, Johnny Peralta, and Troy Tulowitzki are not on his level and really aren’t even close. Lets think about what we have here in Reyes before we start trading him for average shortstops.
Posted by Anthony Agnese