WFAN's Evan Roberts proposes a trade between the Mets and the Yankees that works for both teams

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The New York Mets find themselves in a difficult position in their quest for a spot in the standing. This situation means that the team has to study the idea of ​​selling those expiring contracts for prospects or depth players, as was the case with the Eduardo Escobar trade.

Among the candidates who meet this profile and would be attractive on the market, Tommy Pham stands out as one of the Mets' most important assets. In this sense, Evan Roberts of WFAN Sports Radio proposed a trade idea where the Mets would send Pham to the New York Yankees for one of their relievers.

Evan Roberts' trade idea makes a lot of sense for the Mets and Yankees

The Mets have one of the worst bullpens in the league, which has cost them several games this season. The Yankees possess one of the deepest bullpens in all of MLB. However, they need a productive left field that the Mets will have on the market.

The fit is obvious. Despite the news of Jimmy Cordero's suspension for domestic violence, the Yankees still have enough depth in their relief corp that will increase with the return of Jonathan Loaisiga. On the other hand, the Bronx team needs a productive left field in a lineup with multiple flaws.

Tommy Pham owns a batting average of around .290 with an SLG above .500, hitting nearly 50% hard-hit contact, having reduced his strikeouts and increased walks this season. The outfielder is in the top 3% of the league in xBA, the top 5% in xSLG, the top 4% in the top 3% in exit velocity, and the top 4% in xwOBA.

The Yankees could get the position player they need without having to part with a prospect. Instead, the Mets would require a controllable bullpen arm, with Ron Marinaccio being the possible target for the Mets.

The Yankees could be reluctant to leave one arm with the stuff and potential of Marinaccio, migrating to Ian Hamilton or, failing that, to Albert Abreu, who among the three is the one with the fewest years of control, being 2024 his first year of arbitration. In either case, the Mets would be getting a controllable, high-potential reliever into a needy bullpen in exchange for a rental player.

The Mets and Yankees have an opportunity to agree on a trade that would perfectly fit each team's purpose and goal without sacrificing too much. This type of trade could be achieved, given the relationship between Brian Cashman and Billy Eppler.