Is a trade between the New York Mets and New York Yankees in our near future? If Omar Minaya’s presence for Deivi Garcia’s Triple-A debut means anything, the two teams could be working toward some trade chatter.
Why does this matter? Minaya wouldn’t show up unless the Mets would even consider a deal with the Yankees.
Mets and Yankees trades are more fictional and radio talk show call-in fodder than anything else. Last summer, we heard plenty about Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard going to the Bronx. Sometimes, Yankees fans were even willing to give up Gary Sanchez and Gleyber Torres in this deals they wrote up on cocktail napkins.
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Times could change. While Ned from Woodside or Damon from Bayshore can throw out as many ridiculous deals as they want, a more realistic one could happen as soon as this month.
According to Ken Davidoff of the New York Post, none of the Yankees farmhands are labeled as untouchable. The 20-year-old Garcia would certainly be able to bring them in a nice haul. In fact, I think he could alone convince the Mets to swipe Zack Wheeler through the turnstiles of the subway and send him north to Yankee Stadium.
Starting pitching may not feel like a priority for the team with no true center fielder with a big league bat, but let’s also remember what they are likely to lose this winter. Wheeler and Jason Vargas are both likely headed to free agency if they aren’t traded first. This leaves them with two open rotation spots and one of them may not get filled by Anthony Kay when considering his Triple-A struggles.
After deGrom, there’s Syndergaard’s questionable abilities and the even less consistent Steven Matz. A young gun like Garcia could join the big league rotation if he’s hot enough in the spring or possibly down the road around mid-2020.
If the Mets are able to come away with anyone on the level of Garcia at this year’s trade deadline, they will have surpassed my expectations.
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Considering I don’t see them moving any of the controllable players, this leaves Wheeler as the key to acquiring top-level talent.