Update: 12 am
Source: Yankees “pushing hard” tonight to make deal with Mets
Source: The Yankees are interested in Mets pitching, not necessarily limited to Syndergaard
The Yankees and Mets have largely avoided significant trades with each other, but could that possibly change?
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Yankees, Mets and Marlins are discussing a three-team deal that would send catcher J.T. Realmuto to Queens.
#Mets have discussed trade in which they would land J.T. Realmuto in three-team deal with #Yankees and #Marlins, sources tell The Athletic. Not known if Syndergaard involved. NYM would not part with Syndergaard (three years control) if getting only Realmuto (two years) in return.
#Mets have been in steady talks with #Yankees since Brodie Van Wagenen became GM, sources say. NY teams have not made trade involving major leaguers since 12/3/04 (Mike Stanton to NYY for Felix Heredia). @JonHeyman first noted possibility of NYY serving as conduit for Realmuto.
#Mets discussing multiple two- and three-team scenarios involving Realmuto and others, sources say. Team continues to place premium on their SP; would move Syndergaard only for big return. Tyson Ross signed today for $5.75M. Syndergaard will not cost much more in 2019.
The larger point with the #Mets: Under Van Wagenen, they are highly aggressive, open to ideas they might not have considered in the past. Trading with the Yankees is one.
The Mets have long been attached to Realmuto, and the Yankees, of course, are in need of high-end starting pitching help, especially with Patrick Corbin off the board and J.A. Happ reportedly seeking a three-year deal. This brings into question the involvement of Noah Syndergaard.
Joel Sherman of the NY Post said that a source described the talks between the three clubs as “a lot of smoke, not a lot of fire.” Sherman confirmed Rosenthal’s report that the Mets have multiple scenarios on the table, but the proposal involving the Yankees is “not among the strongest.”
Van Wagenen continues to be determined to 1) push #Mets toward top players, 2) not be limited by previous restrictions like avoiding big deals with #Yankees 3) be active in multiple markets rather than moving on 1 area at a time.
This will likely be a major storyline this week at the Winter Meetings, and such deals take time to come together. Stay tuned for updates.