Whether or not Derek Jeter heeds Brian Cashman’s suggestion and explores the open market, there is absolutely no way he will become a Met, according to a source with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking.
But the Mets already have $11 million committed for next season to an All-Star shortstop, 27-year-old Jose Reyes, who is nine years Jeter’s junior.
Even if the Mets were to trade Reyes and create room for another shortstop, they would still lack the payroll flexibility to pursue a player who appears to want significantly more than $15 million per year.
The Mets don’t want a shortstop turning 37 who is coming off the worst year of his career? This might actually be the first smart decision they’ve had in years.
Don’t get me wrong, Jeter is still a serviceable player, but if he leaves the Yankees it’s going to be because somebody outbids them in both dollars and years. If another team tops the Yankees three-year $45 million bid, including the Yankees themselves, they are making a big mistake.