The Colorado Rockies released shortstop Jose Reyes to waivers and he cleared them this week. The man who now is on his third team since being traded from the New York Mets in 2011 may have interest from a certain team in New York. Jose was once touted as the next Derek Jeter. At 32, he is still a valuable asset for any contending team looking for that spark plug. Reyes is a former four time all-star and a career .290 hitter. But Toronto and Florida and now Colorado no longer share that view.
The Yankees, who recently lost their hold on first place in the AL East to the surging Toronto Blue Jays and earlier this year were not sold on Didi Gregorius at the shortstop position when the season started would probably have considered it strongly. But Didi has improved and Jose has since been traded and released on waivers. His $55 million dollars remaining on his contract is an albatross as well. The second base spot is where Steven Drew occupies and still a point of contention. The Yankees would have to place Jose there if they want him. He can still hit but defensively has slipped the last couple years.
However, motivation has driven great athletes to do the impossible and Reyes interest in returning to New York and playing for a contender is at the top of his priorities. The Mets have already claimed to have no interest in a return. Reyes has been reflecting on his glory years there.
“In 2006-2008, I feel like we had a team that could win maybe one World Series. We weren’t able to do that,”
“Sometimes, it crosses my mind.”
The Yankees could use a player with charisma and a veteran skill-set with something to prove in these uncertain times and if Reyes is productive could go a long way to energizing an offense that has seen its one-two punch of Alex Rodriguez and Mark Texeira grow cold the past week. This should be an interesting period as news is awaiting and the Yankees arrival in Toronto for a three game set with the division race up for grabs would be a major reason to gamble but one that may be worth considering for New York.