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Mets: Beginning of the end

The defending World Series champion Giants have had “internal discussions” about acquiring Mets shortstop Jose Reyes..

The Giants are the first, but they won’t be the last.

The defending World Series champions have had “internal discussions” about acquiring Mets shortstop Jose Reyes, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.

The three-time All-Star leads the Mets with a .325 average and 11 stolen bases. He is a free agent after this season and would likely be looking for a six- or seven-year deal worth more than $100 million. Considering the Mets’ recent financial woes, including asking the MLB for a loan, plus general manager Sandy Alderson’s strict budget plans, it’s likely the Mets would try to deal Reyes or some of his high-priced teammates like David Wright or Carlos Beltran before the July 31 trade deadline.

San Francisco is an ideal trading partner. It ranked 26th with 106 runs scored entering last night’s late game with the Mets and desperately needs an offensive sparkplug with Pablo Sandoval on the disabled list and slugger Miguel Tejada flopping after inking a one-year deal this past winter.

“I don’t think about that kind of stuff. The rumor stuff,” Reyes said. “I’m still a New York Met, so whatever happens, happens. I just want to play baseball.”

The last-place Mets want to do more than play, they want to compete. The Giants could certainly help them out, but they have recently cut trade talks with teams demanding one of their dominant young arms. Reyes, though, could be worth that price.

Wait it out

If the Giants won’t deal any of their young gun pitchers, perhaps the Mets should look elsewhere to dump Reyes:

1 Boston is without a top-tier shortstop and has overpaid for the position before. Plus, it could include Clay Buchholz in the deal, as well as top lefty Felix Doubront, who is a curveball away from being a reliable front-end starter.

2 Oakland has plenty of young talent in lefty Pedro Figueroa, shortstop Grant Green and first baseman Chris Carter. The A’s, though, aren’t known for shelling out big bills and that’s what it’ll take to keep Reyes.

3 Milwaukee could package a group of good, not great, prospects.

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