Updated 11:04 AM EDT, Wed, Sep 30, 2020

MLB Trade Rumors : NY Yankees Targeting Jose Reyes as Derek Jeter’s Heir Apparent at Shortstop

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With Derek Jeter set to retire at the end of the season, yhe New York Yankees are now on a search for their future shortstop.

According to a reliable league source, the Yankees have already set their sights on Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Reyes as the next member of their infield unit.

ESPN New York reported last week that the Yankees are indeed interested in the 30-year-old Reyes, who previously played for the Yankees' intra-city rival the New York Mets. In fact, ESPN reported, there was a "discussion" between Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and agent Peter Greenberg, who represents Reyes, about the possibility of Reyes shifting from shortstop to centerfield—a proposal that never gained traction.

"During his free agent winter of 2011, a source told ESPN New York, Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Reyes' agent, Peter Greenberg, spoke and there was some brief discussion if Reyes could play center field. Nothing materialized," ESPN reported.

Three seasons later, the Yankees are once again knocking on Reyes' door, as they look to find a solid replacement for one of the greatest shortstops of all-time—a job the All-Star would surely embrace.

"I think everybody was surprised," Reyes told ESPN about Jeter's upcoming retirement. "He's my idol since Day 1." 

ESPN Baseball insider Anderew Marchand believes the potential blockbuster trade could happen if the Blue Jays have another bad year. If that happens, Cashman would be excited to dial the Jays' hotline.

"It is not that hard to imagine Cashman pursuing Reyes next winter. If the Blue Jays have a down year, but Reyes is still good, they may try to rebuild without Reyes. This could lead Cashman to dial the 416 area code," Marchand wrote.

For now, Reyes has stressed that he's focus on having a strong year following a mediocre season in 2013, which saw him batting .260 with 10 homers and 37 RBIs in his first season.

"After you injure your ankle, that is never going to feel normal again," said Reyes, who stole 15 bases last year. "You always have to live with something there. [Jeter] is working hard in rehab. I saw his highlights this year, running to first base. I think he is running very good. That's good to see."

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