Sleeping with the Enemy
The simple fact that such high stakes talks were underway is an encouraging sign for the future and provides promise that a deal may be able to get done.
The Metropolitan adversaries, with the Yankees in the Bronx and the Mets in Queens, should not make a trade just for the sake of it. They should come to a deal if it is in the best interest of each side, the organizations cannot restrict themselves to a pool of 28 teams.
While I do not advocate trading Noah Syndergaard to the Yankees at this juncture. I do understand that if the Mets were to fail to meet expectations once again and the Yankees were yearning for a starter with ace potential, a trade should at least be considered. If every avenue is not being considered by a team, then that team should rightfully be accused of malpractice.
The fact that trades such as for Neil Walker or Lucas Duda to the Bronx drew such ire from the two clubs is frankly appalling and embarrassing. Just because these teams share a city, they must squabble over what would equate to be utility players? Such a claim is pure drivel.
These people are professionals and the fact that two important teams in the MLB cannot work out the simplest of trades implies that the old way of thinking daft.
The Chicago Cubs and Chicago White Sox executed a trade sending Jose Quintana up North and prized prospect Eloy Jimenez to the South Side. The rivalry there is obviously not the same, but the fact that those two teams did it and survived demonstrates how the Mets and Yankees can do the same.
Most of all, a trade of this magnitude would be outstanding for both fan bases, granted each side gets a fair return. Fans clamor over the Subway Series, which is nothing but 4 of 162 games. This would add another tangible element to the rivalry making it stronger for the city.