Any conspiracy theorist who has pondered Mets shortstop Jose Reyes being fitted for Yankee pinstripes, either later this season or in the near future, can forget it. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman put an end to speculation Wednesday night.
“That’s just not going to happen,” he said…
“We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter,” said Cashman. “And I think we have an everyday shortstop that would be playing for a lot of clubs in Eduardo Nunez. The Yankees don’t have a need now or in the future for a shortstop.
That’s pretty much what I would expect him to say. The bottom line is that Jeter is under contract for three more years for nearly $40 million after this season. He’s not likely to change positions either as there aren’t many realistic options for him. So he’s the shortstop and if he’s not, Nunez is.
The Yankees are kind of a schizophrenic organization where they say one thing and do another, but they just aren’t going to pay Jeter $15 million and on top of that pay Reyes another $15-20 million to have two guys who play the same position. This option went out the window when the Yankees made Jeter one of the most overpaid players in history last offseason.