Reyes to Yankees? ... Maybe Not So Crazy
Sure this sounds like a stretch, and it probably is. But it does make sense, for more reasons than one.
FACT: Derek Jeter isn't getting any younger.
FACT: Jose Reyes is just hitting the stride of his prime, and the Mets can't afford to keep him.
FACT: Jeter will need a new position long before his new contract expires.
FACT: Aside from Troy Tulowitzki, Reyes is arguably the best all around shortstop in the game.
FACT: Not many teams will be able to afford the kind of contract Reyes will command in free agency, especially if he keeps playing the way he is (including the cash strapped Mets).
FACT: Money is never a deterrent in The Bronx.
FACT: The Yankees need more electrifying, front-line type players to begin replacing their aging superstar lineup.
FACT: How do you spell electrifying? J O S E - R E Y E S.
It would be madness to suggest Jeter move positions before he gets his 3,000th hit, but this will almost certainly happen before the All-Star break and definitely before the trading deadline. So why not make the Yankees the instant world series favorite?
If Yanks GM, Brian Cashman could work some of his magic, it's even conceivable to see both Reyes and Carlos Beltran wearing pinstripes before the July 31st non-waiver trading deadline is upon us.
In a package that would most likely include Jesus Montero, Ivan Nova, and Brett Gardner (plus possibly one or more additional prospects from the Yankees now stellar farm system) this is a trade scenario that would benefit the long term, and short term needs of both teams, while keeping New York's finest studs right where they belong.