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Jose Reyes is on the move again, but how long will he last in Denver?
The Blue Jays and Rockies reportedly agreed to a blockbuster deal late Monday night that will send Reyes and three pitching prospects to Colorado for shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The Rockies will send 42-year-old reliever LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays as well.
It will be the fourth team in five seasons for Reyes, who spent 2 1/2 years in Toronto following one ill-fated season with the Marlins. Reyes signed with the Marlins after winning a batting title with the Mets in 2011.
The Rockies already have a top shortstop prospect, Trevor Story, in their system, so there already is plenty of speculation that Reyes could be moved again before Friday. Reyes is making $22 million this year and is signed for 2016 and 2017 at $22 million per year (plus a $4 million buyout in 2018).
ESPN.com’s Dave Schoenfield questions whether any team will be all that interested in Reyes given the finances and diminished production. “Would the Yankees want him for second base? Reyes last played 43 games there in 2004, and I don't see a first-place team wanting to take on a crucial position shift in the middle of a pennant race,” Schoenfield writes.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets the Mets are said to have “no interest” in bringing back Reyes.
Three days remain before the trade deadline, so who will make the next move? Here is the latest buzz:
Toronto Blue Jays: Tulowitzki may be headed north of the border, but the Jays still need to bolster their starting pitching. Toronto now has some extra bats to deal and will make a deal over the next few days, writes Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post.
Carlos Gomez: The Rangers and Indians are among the clubs that have reached out to the Brewers about their center fielder, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. The Brewers are in sell mode and the 29-year-old Gomez would be their best chance at bringing back some elite prospects. Gomez is earning a very reasonable $8 million this season and $9 million in 2016.
Adam Lind: The Cardinals have had conversations recently with Milwaukee, and the target could be the veteran first baseman, reports Derrick Goold of the Post Dispatch. Lind will be a free agent after the season and GM John Mozeliak has said the club is interested in a short term contract. The Cards recently promoted highly prospect Stephen Piscotty to play first base in place of the injured Matt Adams.
Baltimore Orioles: Executive VP Dan Duquette insists the O’s are still contenders, and any moves before Friday’s deadline will reflect that. “We’re still in competition for this year. We want to get to the playoffs and we are going to do what we can to add to the ballclub,” Duquette told reporters before Monday’s win over the Braves.
Justin Upton: If the Orioles indeed are sellers, Upton could be a target. ESPN’s Jayson Stark hears the Padres have discussed a deal to send Upton to Baltimore, and the talks could expand to include Padres starters Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner.
Cole Hamels: There are no shortage of teams in the Hamels sweepstakes, and Stark reported over the weekend that the Dodgers and Rangers are the leading candidates. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Astros are making a “big push” for Hamels, who earlier in the day was linked to the Diamondbacks.
Craig Kimbrel: The Nationals are the “hottest” of any team in pursuit of the Padres’ closer, says Ken Rosenthal. Washington seems intent on adding top-shelf and watched the Mets, their top rival in the NL East, add Tyler Clippard to their roster on Monday. Kimbrel’s name may have surfaced in talks with the Yankees, but that appears very unlikely.
New York Mets: General manager Sandy Alderson has added Jose Uribe, Kelly Johnson and Clippard since Friday, but the Mets are still looking to add a power bat. John Harper of the New York Daily News hears the Mets have “run into brick walls in trying to make deals” for the Brewers’ Gerardo Parra or the A’s Ben Zobrist.
Yasiel Puig: The Dodgers have let teams know that the outfielder is available “in the right deal,” but potential trade partners are more interested in prospects, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA Today. A report over the weekend claimed that Puig had been assured by Dodgers brass that he won't be traded, but Puig told the Los Angeles Times that he has been given no such guarantee.