Meet Your New Blue Jay: Jose Reyes

Jose Reyes - Evan Habeeb-US PRESSWIRE

Since the trade is finally official, we should take a look at some of the players we are getting.

In Jose Reyes we get a lead off hitter, something that was really could have used last year. Someone that knows how to get on base, is a good percentage base stealer (80% success rate in his career, 81% over the past two years. He hits a lot of triples, those are always fun to watch and I'd imagine he'll have a a couple more homers in Toronto. He's going to be a fun player to watch.

Here are his major league numbers:

Year Age Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Pos
2003 20 NYM 69 292 274 47 84 12 4 5 32 13 3 13 36 .307 .334 .434 .769 102 6
2004 21 NYM 53 229 220 33 56 16 2 2 14 19 2 5 31 .255 .271 .373 .644 66 46
2005 22 NYM 161 733 696 99 190 24 17 7 58 60 15 27 78 .273 .300 .386 .687 81 *6
2006 23 NYM 153 703 647 122 194 30 17 19 81 64 17 53 81 .300 .354 .487 .841 115 *6
2007 24 NYM 160 765 681 119 191 36 12 12 57 78 21 77 78 .280 .354 .421 .775 102 *6
2008 25 NYM 159 763 688 113 204 37 19 16 68 56 15 66 82 .297 .358 .475 .833 119 *6
2009 26 NYM 36 166 147 18 41 7 2 2 15 11 2 18 19 .279 .355 .395 .750 101 6
2010 27 NYM 133 603 563 83 159 29 10 11 54 30 10 31 63 .282 .321 .428 .749 103 *6
2011 28 NYM 126 586 537 101 181 31 16 7 44 39 7 43 41 .337 .384 .493 .877 144 *6
2012 29 MIA 160 716 642 86 184 37 12 11 57 40 11 63 56 .287 .347 .433 .780 111 *6
10 Yrs 1210 5556 5095 821 1484 259 111 92 480 410 103 396 565 .291 .342 .440 .782 107
162 Game Avg. 162 744 682 110 199 35 15 12 64 55 14 53 76 .291 .342 .440 .782 107
Generated 11/18/2012.

Jose has played in 4 All-Star games, won 1 Silver Slugger (tied with Adam Lind) and has received MVP votes 5. Since 2006 he's had WAR rates of 6.1, 5.8, 6.4, 0.8, 2.9, 6.2 and 4.5.

On defense, in his career he's been a 1.5 UZR/150, around average. The last 4 seasons he's had numbers ranging from -5.7 to -2.9. Not the defense that Yunel Escobar was giving us, but not awful.

Jose is a switch-hitter that hits lefties and right-handers pretty equally. Last year he hit .293.352/.447 vs. right-handers and .277/.343/.410 vs. left-handers. For his career he has hit .289/.338/.442 vs. RHP and .301/.356/.438 vs. LHP.

Jose is a really good player, but, of course there are some questions. The Jays are going to pay him a lot of money over the next few years. The Jays owe him $10 million 2013, $16 million 2014, $22 million 2015, $22 million 2016, $22 million 2017. Jose will be 34 by 2017, and we'll be paying him a lot of money, and he might not be much of a defensive player at shortstop by that time. Maybe they will be wanting to move him off short by then.

The other worry is his health. He played 160 games last season, a good number for a shortstop, especially on in the NL, who can't occasionally DH. But then the 3 seasons before that he averaged 98 games. There is the thought that he will could have some problems playing his home games on the rather hard turf at Rogers, since he's had leg problems over the years.

I'm really looking forward to seeing what he can to with the Jays. I think the turf at Rogers will be good for his offense if not so good for his legs. It is great to see the pictures of him wearing Blue Jay clothes already. It looks like he is happy to be coming here.

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