Trades between the New York Mets and New York Yankees are incredibly rare. More so, the few they do make are often very minor.
Because of the low number of actual moves these two teams have made with each other, the best Mets trade with the Yankees has yet to happen.
In fact, it’s a safe bet to say it never will.
The best Mets trade with the Yankees may never happen
The Mets have sent a few notable veterans to the Bronx. In return, they have never gotten very much back. The 2001 David Justice for Robin Ventura trade had potential to be a big one for the Mets. Only a week later, the Mets traded Justice to the Oakland Athletics for Mark Guthrie and Tyler Yates.
In a way, I suppose you could claim this as the best Mets trade because at least Guthrie performed well for the team in his one season with the Amazins. The 2.44 ERA in 48 innings of work back in 2002 was pretty useful.
But can we really call it the best Mets trade with the Yankees when we have to consider another move? What’s more, Ventura was a good Met and remained productive for the Yankees.
There’s hardly any honorable mentions to even consider. The 2004 trade which sent Mike Stanton to the Yankees for Felix Heredia gave the Mets almost nothing in return. When they dealt Armando Benitez to the Bronx a year earlier at the trade deadline, the Mets received through players most of us have never heard of or forgot all about.
Nothing seems to suggest the Mets and Yankees will be making new moves anytime soon—other than the occasional caller on a sports talk radio station. The two geographical rivals just don’t do business. The best Mets trade with the Yankees will have to go permanently on hold.