Colorado Rockies Rundown: Chad Bettis’ Start And Jose Reyes’ End

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Aug 16, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies shortstop J. Reyes (7) following his out in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Jose Reyes already wants out of Colorado

(via Denver Post)

Well this was fun while it lasted. Jose Reyes is already talking to the media about how he’d rather not play for a last place team, and that he wants out of Denver. Really?

Some quotes of note from the Colorado Rockies’ new starting shortstop:

"“You come from a ball club that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that … I’m at the point in my career that I want to win. I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”"

And more:

"“We’ll see what happens here. But in the next couple years, I don’t want to waste my time like that.”"

Gee, Jose, thanks. Did you think that Arenado, or CarGo, or Ben Paulsen, Charlie Blackmon, Jorge De La Rosa, or anybody else on the roster wants to spend the rest of their career playing for a last place team, whether the Colorado Rockies or anywhere else? What makes you so special?

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I don’t want to get too mad at Jose — at 32 years old, he certainly has a ticking clock on his career, and nothing is guaranteed in professional sports — but he’s got to be a little bit better of a teammate and leader than this, right?

Here’s a thought for Jose, if he wants to leave Denver so badly: play your way out of town.

Slashing .271/.284/.400 in 92 at-bats with the Rockies, the easiest thing Reyes could do for himself to hasten a move out of Denver is playing better — on offense and defense — and making himself a valuable trade commodity, especially considering how much of an impediment his contract would be in any deal.

This will be a great test for Jeff Bridich this winter, though. Don’t hesitate on moving Jose Reyes, because he doesn’t want to be here, he certainly doesn’t factor into any of the Colorado Rockies’ future plans, and it’s time to give Cristhian Adames and Trevor Story legitimate chances to prove themselves.

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