The Colorado Rockies acquired a shortstop back in the mega deal Monday night, of course, but could they flip him for more young talent before the trade deadline Friday?
Jose Reyes is (was?) a pretty great shortstop, having several very solid big league seasons in the prime of his career. Now, as a 32-year-old brand new to the Colorado Rockies in the blockbuster trade, he’s just past that prime, but don’t let his massively over-done contract fool you: he’s still a pretty damn good player.
No, he’s no Troy Tulowitzki, and yes, he’s making way more money than he’s worth, but it’s pretty disingenuous to say that Reyes isn’t a solid and exciting ballplayer.
All that being said… he surely doesn’t factor in to the Rockies’ long term plans. In a best-case scenario, he probably plays out the rest of this year before the Rockies trade him somewhere in the winter when teams will be looking to re-up on talent in the middle infield, and somebody will be willing to shed pitching for it.
But then there’s the possibility that keeps getting floated about Reyes perhaps being flipped right now in another trade? Obviously it’d have to happen quickly, but there are at least a couple of suitors for a guy like Jose — and some of those suitors even line up perfectly with another Rockies trade candidate: Carlos Gonzalez.
Let’s take a completely speculative (but fun!) look at some potential destinations for Reyes if he were to get flipped this week… these aren’t all-encompassing, of course, but there are four spots I think Reyes could end up if the Rockies got crazy enough, and/or the right offer at the right time.