Andrew Marchand of ESPN reported
that General Manager Brian Cashman could already have a player in mind: Jose Reyes of the Toronto Blue Jays.
The 30-year-old lives in New York and ranks Jeter as the best player ever at his position, even going so far as to say the Yankees great is his "Idol."
Cashman tried in the past to land Reyes, but a deal never came to fruition. Now that New York will have some big shoes to fill in 2015, Reyes could top the list of players able to play on the big stage and handle the pressure
of taking over for one of the best players in baseball history.
The idea behind the trade centers on the Blue jays struggling again this season and wanting to lose the $100 million contract of their lead-off hitter. Toronto could use those resources to add some pitching help and likely would get two or three very good prospects if a trade was made, possibly making them a much stronger club in 2015 and beyond and landing the Yankees the type of MLB player they need to move forward without Jeter in the lineup.
Reyes thinks the Blue Jays could be better this season, even in, what he called, the "toughest division" baseball, according to ESPN
. He believes the Yankees will find to way to get it done, despite losing Robinson Cano.
"I was surprised," Reyes said. "But, in baseball, nothing surprises me anymore."
In 2013, Reyes batted .296 and cashed in 37 RBIs despite enduring an injury-plagued season.