Don’t get excited over a potential swap between the Yankees and Mets.
The new market inefficiency as far as the fans of the New York Yankees are concerned involve their rivals across the Triborough Bridge. The New York Mets have had a season that started high and has collapsed into a nightmare of a meltdown, thanks to their bullpen and no-show offense. The Mets currently sit at 27-30, 6.5 games behind the unexpectedly hot Atlanta Braves. The future is still pretty bleak and every single move has been criticized right after another.
On the other side, the Yankees are a hot team. They are 38-18 as of the time of this writing and are one of the most potent offenses in the league. Where they struggle though is in starting pitcher. Luis Severino has been rock solid for the Yankees. Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia, Sonny Gray and Domingo German have been up and down in their appearances, some are good, some awful. A starter is a hot pick for a deadline deal, however, that has led to fans wanting two pitchers probably not worth the cost.
The Mets have two of the best pitchers in baseball, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. They cost of acquiring these two pitchers may be the lowest they have been in years. deGrom, 29, is currently on a National League Cy Young pace, with a league-leading 1.49 ERA in 12 starts. He has a 4-0 record and an ERA+ of 253, highest in the league. He also has a HR/9 rate of 0.4, which is the lowest in MLB. However, the 4-0 record does not tell the whole story. deGrom’s starts in May have been blown by the bullpen. They cannot seem to win any games he pitches, lately.
At the same time, they also have Noah Syndergaard, age 25, who is a young ace. Despite being on the disabled list for a strained finger, Syndergaard has made 11 starts, pitching to a 3.06 ERA. It was rather evident that Syndergaard did not look 100% himself in the 11 starts. Hopefully, his return from the disabled list will open the door for more of the Syndergaard we knew in 216, when he was an All-Star.
The Yankees have the farm to get both Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. However, the problem that would sit in the way of Brian Cashman is not the price. The problem is the front office of the New York Mets. The Wilpons, the controversial owners of the New York Mets, have made it clear that they do not support how the Yankees do business in baseball, despite all their success. They would rather trade players for less because they are not the Yankees. The Jay Bruce offer from last year opens the idea of what the Mets belief was. They got less from the Indians than the Yankees offered.
Even if the Yankees came with an offer of any five prospects for Jacob deGrom, the Mets would probably turn it down because of public relations. Trading your ace to the Yankees makes you look like a fool in the fanbase, in the Wilpons mind. This writer has seen at least 200 trade proposals for Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The reality is neither pitcher is going to the Yankees unless the Wilpons approve. That is not ever going to happen.