Let's take the long-term view. Let's say we could sign Jose Reyes to a 3-year contract after acquiring him . . .
The Mets are in deep doody at second base and elsewhere. They are not playoff material. They need to dump salaries yet show some improvement. Mark DeRosa could step in as their full-time 2B, Tejada would be their SS; Manny Burris could play SS or 2B, and be a future at either position. Big upgrade for Mets. All on relatively short and inexpensive contracts. (We might have to offer an additional second level pitching prospect.)
Our salary savings go toward paying Reyes for the rest of this season, and assuming he would stay healthy, he would give us peace of mind at or near the top of the order for a number of years.
"Wait," you say, "Reyes is injury prone." True, but so is DeRosa. Tejada is 37 and one hammie from an extended stay on the DL. Then what? Rohlinger? There aren't many quality SS out there -- especially those that might be available. I count two: Jose Reyes and (very unlikely) Jimmy Rollins.
Sure, there are risks, but I thought I'd ask. Your thoughts?