The assumption is that teams would have been drooling over Reyes and somehow a team or teams would be willing to give up several top prospects to have Reyes on their team. Well, a team that acquired him would be vastly improved being Reyes is a top defensive shortstop, a top lead off batter and has underrated power at the plate. Who knows, maybe Reyes could have led his new team to the World Series.
Heres where the problem lied. The acquiring team would have the same issues that the Mets do right now. Jose Reyes would not, under any circumstance, sign an extension with another team during the season. He is testing free agency. I'll ask my fellow Mets fans to stop looking at this from a Mets fans prospective for one second. Why would another team want to give up top prospects for a player that they are only getting for two months as a rental? That right there compromises the value of the trade. Its insane that some thought the team can get muliple prospects for Reyes. Why would somebody do that?
The Carlos Beltran trade made sense for both teams. The Mets got a top young pitcher in Zach Wheeler and the Giants got a bat that helped them make a September run towards the postseason. But, with Beltran, the Giants have a realistic dialog with him and Scott Boras and a strong possibility exists that he could return to the Giants. With Reyes, its going to be the highest bidder, period. The only team that would make a trade like that would be one with absolutely no baseball sense. Reyes being on another team would give that team as much leverage as the Mets have with him right now, NONE! And you expect the other team to give up multiple top prospects? It doesn't work that way.
And what about the Mets? Lets say they tried to deal Reyes. Do you think its a wise baseball decision to take whatever the other team is offering? Would you have taken three minor leaguers with no potential upside just to get "something" for Reyes. Listen, it may not seem like the Mets have a realistic chance of retaining Jose Reyes. The truth is, the two draft picks have the better chance of producing two quality major leaguers than ANYTHING the Mets could have gotten in a trade for Jose Reyes.