Jose Reyes to the Brewers...Doubtful


     This is something that appears to be gaining some major momentum in the “baseball expert” universe.  From Buster Olney of ESPN, all the way down to the Seattle Times, people seem to think the Brewers are going to sign NL Batting Champ Jose Reyes.  This is just no true.

     What amazes me the most about all of the momentum this rumor seems to be getting nationally, there has been hardly a whisper about it amongst Brewers sites and Brewers writers.  So, how is it that ESPN seems to think this will happen, when not one person who covers the Brewers agrees?  It’s simple.  This time of year makes people crazy for news, whether it be true or not.  This is a not situation.   

     The fact of this matter is that the Brewers should not have any interest in Reyes.  Yes, the team needs a shortstop, but that does not automatically mean that they are the front-runners to pay Reyes whatever insane amount of money he is looking for.  Truth be told, I can not envision a scenario where they would fore-go an offer to Fielder, just to sign Reyes.  The Brewers top priority this off-season will be to re-sign Prince Fielder, regardless of how futile that task may be.  The only people who think the Brewers and Reyes make sense are people who do not cover the Brewers.  Am I the only one who finds this bizarre?  Do Brewers fans secretly want Reyes?  Maybe I am just out of touch.   

     If that is the case and I am wrong, I doubt that the Brewers will be willing to pay Reyes more than the $11 million he made in 2011.  Mostly, this is due to Reyes’ incredible injury history.  From 2005 – 2008 Reyes only missed 16 total games.  From 2009 until today, Reyes has missed 191 games, which is equal to an entire season plus a month.  The Brewers are a team who lacks any depth at shortstop, so it makes zero sense for them to bring in a guy that may only play 3 or 4 months.  Why would you want to plug a player into that spot, when you have no solid options to replace him in the event of an injury?  Not to mention the fact,  that you would be signing him to a long term deal.  Reyes to the Brewers just does not make sense from a long-term, short-term, or financial perspective. 

      As a Brewers fan, I would love to add a guy like Reyes to this team, but at what cost?  This is a guy past his prime, feel free to disagree with that statement, but I believe it to be true.  And while in the past, the Brewers would have just handed Reyes a blank check and told him that they would love to sign him to a 12 year deal, things are different now.  The days of over paying players in their 30′s, is (hopefully) over.  This past season should have taught Brewers management a valuable lesson (Counsell and Kotsay).  Veteran does not always mean better.  Jose Reyes would absolutely be an upgrade over Yuni Betancourt, but for how long?  That is the big questions with Reyes, not how good he is, but how long will you get him each season.  The Brewers will have almost no interest in a player like that this off-season. 

     Moments before I planned on posting this, the Twitter universe informed me that the Marlins just made Reyes an offer.  So, this article could serve absolutely no purpose at all.  However, it is amazing to see ESPN analysts take something that does not exist and make it sound like it is an inevitability.  Plus, they seem to be under the assumption that since the Brewers made the NLCS, they automatically will spend more money.  But, as a Brewers fan, I am fully aware that they will not spend more than $90 million on payroll next year.  Maybe I just have better sources.   

Lou’s Prediction:  Reyes will not sign with the Brewers, and I will continue to laugh at Buster Olney everytime he says otherwise.


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  • mkeller963

    Lou, I completely understand your predicament regarding Reyes- he’s injury prone… who do you suggest Brewers should sign to play SS??

    On a related note, I cringe with fear every time I hear news about the Royals and the Blue Jays- they stole our stars in last year’s trades… I know we won the division this year but we mortgaged our future with the youngsters we lost… they could have helped us win 4 divisions and possibly a couple of World Series trophies in 2013-18…. I fully expect Cain to do well in 2012 as the new CF for the Royals and Lawrie next year and in the next 10 years will make Brewers fans everywhere angry at Melvin for trading him away (for playoff disaster, Marcum, who will flame out in a few years).

    Royals will forever be grateful for Melvin’s stupidity… they should make the playoffs in a couple of years with Cain, Jeffries and Odorizzi leading the way. The Blue Jays are shaping up to be a major contender next year with Lawrie.

  • mkeller963

    By the way, what are your thoughts on the rumors swirling around that the Brewers are considering signing Grady Sizemore, CF, of the Indians?? I would welcome this as we all have seen how atrocious Nyjer’s defense is. I like Gomez but he’s too inconsistent.

  • lou.c.olsen

    @mkeller963 I would be a little more enthusiastic about Sizemore, than I am about Reyes. At the same time though, I am not sure that adding Sizemore is even on the teams radar right now. In the mind of Attanasio, the outfield is set for next season.

  • lou.c.olsen

    @mkeller963 It’s tough to say who should play at SS next season. As much as I do not want Betancourt back, he ended up being better than I had expected. My hope is that they sign someone like a Jamey Carrol or even Rafael Furcal and then bring up Scooter Gennett to learn from those guys. That way Gennett can be the SS of the future.

    If you go back and read my articles from the Greinke trade, I knew this would happen. Cain is going to be an All-Star CF, Jeffries is sort of a toss up, but Odorizzi was the deal breaker for me. That kid was going to be our stud of the future and we gave him away. That trade is more painful to me than…

    The Blue Jays are going to be a major competitor in the future. What we all need to realize is that no matter how good Lawrie is, it did not seem like anyone in the Brewers organization liked him as a person. He had all kinds of trouble off the field. Sometimes, you need to weigh the risk and reward. Marcum is a good player, despite his postseason boo-boos. In my opinion, we would not have made the postseason this year without Marcum, and Lawrie would not have impacted this season anyway.