Don't expect a Jose Reyes reunion any time soon, even as part of the aftermath of Monday night's shocking trade of Rockies star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays.
The Rockies moved Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for Reyes and pitching prospects Miguel Castro, Jeff Hoffman and Jesus Tinoco. The teams announced the deal Tuesday.
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It's possible that Reyes winds up on the market before Friday's 4 p.m. trade deadline. But the Mets regard Reyes as an imperfect fit, given his cost and performance, according to a person familiar with the team's thinking. Reyes is signed through 2017 with $44 million owed after this season.
Also, there are no indictions that the Mets have interest in their former shortstop. For example, even though the Blue Jays had floated word around the league that they were motivated to deal Reyes, the Mets never made a move in that direction.
Of course, they had been preoccupied with Tulowitzki, whose name has been frequently linked to the Mets in the last year. Once again, with Friday's trade deadline looming, the Mets made a play for Tulowitzki. In this round of talks, a deal never came close.
Mets people came away thinking Tulowitzki wouldn't be moved at all. Instead, they found themselves just as surprised as the rest of baseball on Tuesday morning.
Before the 2011 season, Colorado and Tulowitzki agreed to a contract that guaranteed him $132 million over seven seasons from 2014 to 2020. The deal included a $14 million team option for 2021 with a $4 million buyout.
According to a report by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Tulowitzki's preference was not to play for the Mets, a request the Rockies ultimately obliged.
Tulowitzki's trade also led to questions about his teammate, outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Rockies are said to have put Gonzalez on the block.
Even after their flurry of moves, the Mets continue to monitor the outfield market for a potential upgrade. However, a source said that the Mets aren't interested in Gonzalez, put off by myriad factors including cost and his extreme home and road splits.