Originally Posted by lollipopcurve
The hamstring issue with Reyes is significant. The risk of reinjury is probably high (Freel and Griffey had chronic hamstring problems, to cite two examples). For a guy who uses explosive speed a lot (he attempts lots of steals), Reyes is probably at higher risk for reinjury than most.
Health is a major factor in this case. Any team trying to deal for Reyes will have that as leverage, alongside the fact he's a short-timer. I think the Mets will have a hard time getting a ton of service time in return for him, especially in that players who bring that are also cheap, while Reyes is pretty costly. I just don't see the Mets getting equal value for the guy, if you're looking at him being as productive as he has been.
Absolutely right. I don't know the details of Reyes injury, but if
he's having the Griffey surgery its likely that his skill level will have changed dramatically. If he can't move around well (remember how hard it was for griffey to get started and really wasn't moving until he built up a head of steam?) I'm guessing the quick burst needed to play SS or steal bases will be a thing of the past. If he is really having the Griffey surgery, I wouldn't give much for him. I'd give 'em Willy and Lincoln and give Reyes a shot in LF. Even if the surgery technique has improved and will result in less of a skill reduction than what happened with Griffey, its likely to take a year or two until he's back to full strength and by then his contract will be up and he'll be gone.