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Mets Trade Rumors: Three key players almost traded to the Yankees

CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 21: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 21, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
CINCINNATI, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 21: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches during the game against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ball Park on September 21, 2019 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Bryan Woolston/Getty Images)
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A trade between the New York Mets and New York Yankees involving anything of significance is wonderful 3am fodder on sports radio. Beyond that, it’s never really all too realistic. Mets trade rumors involving their Bronx counterparts do sometimes enter the realm of realism. Usually, it’s armchair general managers doing the wheeling and dealing.

With former Mets outfielder Jay Bruce now in Bronx pinstripes, Andy Martino revealed a little tidbit online this past week. According to him, Mets trade rumors with the Yankees were very real at one point.

Per Martino, three separate deals look to have been agreed in principal before falling through.

What this could mean for future Mets trade rumors with the Yankees

Never say never when it comes to trades. Wayne Gretzky was traded. Everyone is replaceable. Every owner, general manager, and other front office personnel could get their finger on the button and destroy a franchise.

Although a Mets trade involving Jay Bruce, Neil Walker, or even Zack Wheeler isn’t exactly going to bring about Armageddon, it’s pretty amazing to learn talks have been quite serious in the very recent past.

The Mets did end up trading Bruce twice, Walker once, and let Wheeler walk into free agency. Both Bruce deals haven’t worked out well for the Mets nor has the Walker trade. The second Bruce transaction, as everyone likely recalls, involved the Seattle Mariners and a less-than-fantastic version of Edwin Diaz headed to New York among several other losses. Let’s get into that another day.

The Yankees could have used all three of those players. Bruce and Walker even ended up with the Yankees with Bruce prepared to fight for a job with them this spring.

It’s never easy to know which Mets trade rumors to invest your heart in. With Martino bringing this back and seemingly doubling down, he appears to believe strongly that we could have ended up with some former Yankees prospects in Flushing.

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