NEW YORK (WFAN) – Yankees fans can keep on dreaming.
If the Mets move Jose Reyes at the trading deadline — or if he decides to test free agency after this season — one thing’s for sure: Reyes won’t wind up in pinstripes.
“That’s just not going to happen,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Wednesday night, according to the New York Daily News.
Reyes told the Mets on Tuesday that he’s unwilling to negotiate a new contract until season’s end.
“We have an everyday shortstop in Derek Jeter,” Cashman added. “And … 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.”
Cashman said he’s not averse to making a cross-town trade, landing Armando Benitez for prospects in 2003 and Robin Ventura for David Justice in 2001, though he admitted “no one wants to make a mistake in their own backyard.”
The last Yankees-Mets swap occurred in 2004, when the Bombers traded Felix Heredia for Mike Stanton.
“I’m not afraid to make a trade with them. I’ll do anything,” Cashman said.
The Mets are expected to field offers for All-Stars Francisco Rodriguez and Carlos Beltran prior to the July 31 trading deadline. Whether Cashman will make the local call is anybody’s guess.
“If I feel I am doing better and we’re bettering ourselves, I’ll do it,” said Cashman. “There’s a lot of people in the chain of command that you’ve got to convince … I am sure that’s true on both sides.”
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