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Now, from the This-Won't-Happen-Unless-The-Planets-Are-In-Some-Crazy-Alignment-Or-The-Yankees-Decide-To-Slap-Derek-Jeter-In-The-Face Department, we have Jose Reyes.
Quite the opposite of Beltran, a trade for Reyes would actually make sense for the Yankees. A dynamic leadoff hitter and a solid defensive shortstop, Reyes is a unique ballplayer who is an obvious upgrade, talent-wise, over the Yankees' current shortstop.
But that current shortstop is still Derek Jeter.
Even putting PR aside, a trade for a top-of-the-line replacement while Jeter still has a couple of years left on his contract would be unspeakable. It would be disrespectful, it could disrupt team chemistry...
...and yet it would make sense.
Taking away the names of the players, anyone in the world would take Jose Reyes over Derek Jeter in 2011. (Just so you know, I feel my heart self-combusting right now.) Reyes is younger, faster and, to be frank, better at this stage of their respective careers.
Still (this is the last waffle, I promise), it ultimately cannot be done. Jeter means far too much to this current roster and to this franchise to be treated like that.