The 2010 Angels had a number of problems. Third base, the bullpen, and the lack of thunder in the middle of the line up all contributed to the Halos watching the playoffs from home in October. Arguably the biggest problem would have to be the leadoff position in the line up. The Angels' customary aggressiveness on the base paths faltered in 2010, mainly as a result of previous leadoff hitter Chone Figgins departing via free agency after the 2009 season. The Angels have been on the hunt for a leadoff hitter ever since, and it would appear that it is Erick Aybar's job to loose in 2011 just like in 2010. Another in house option is rookie Peter Bourjos, who is a perfect leadoff man as long as he starts to figure out the hitting side of his game to match his already stellar defensive ability.
Jose Reyes of the Mets is a free agent after this season. He is arguably one of the fastest players in the league. He has led the National League in stolen bases three times since his first season in 2003. He is a fantastic defender at short and could potentially be a great pick up for the Angels. The only problem that might arise with Reyes’ ability is his ongoing battle with every random injury you could think of. He only played 36 games in 2009 and 133 games in his return to the field last season. He also seems to have lost a step as he only swiped 30 bags last year, but this could be a result of coming back from injury.
Getting Reyes might take a big bundle of players that the Angels may not be willing to part with. The centerpiece of the deal may include Erik Aybar. Scioscia sees Aybar as part of the future, and according to the rumors that surrounded Roy Halladay last year; Aybar was the deal breaker at the eleventh hour between the two sides.
But Tony Reagins has a way with getting big returns in trades without giving up a massive haul as a result.
Because of the Met’s financial situation, extending Jose Reyes’ contract may be out of the question after the 2011 season, as he is sure to command a hefty contract. Therefore the Mets may be better off trading Reyes away for some package of players who have a couple years of team control left on their contracts. Reagins may be able to find a deal that involves utility men Alberto Callaspo or even Maicer Izturis. It would then just be a matter of restructuring the infield to accommodate two shortstops, but there is a gaping hole at third that could be filled by any of the young players that make up the Angel’s infield including Howie Kendrick or another combination that slides a player in the hot corner.
There are a number of deals that could be made to put Reyes in an Angel uniform. With his stellar defensive ability and his speed, Jose Reyes is an Angel-style player. Now all he needs is the uniform.