With the New York Mets bottoming out after a hot start, trade rumors are starting to swirl about Jacob deGrom. Even if that does happen, it’s looking less and less likely that it’d be to the New York Yankees for one of their young position players.
Starting pitcher Jacob deGrom is very good at pitching, but the New York Mets haven’t been very good at baseball recently. That’s been on full display over his last 11 starts, which has produced a very sad statistic, thanks to Steve Gelbs of SNY.
Jacob deGrom has a 1.16 ERA in his last 11 starts. The #Mets have won two of those games.
He does a remarkable job of blocking everything out when he’s on the mound and saying all the right things off of it. It’s impossible to believe this isn’t impacting him though.
— Steve Gelbs (@SteveGelbs) June 13, 2018
With how badly the Mets have played, it looks all but certain that they’ll be doing some kind of selling once the non-waiver trade deadline rolls around. Who ends up getting traded is up for debate, but deGrom has been a popular name because of the potential prospect haul New York could receive in return.
There’s a certain team across town that could use an affordable and controllable starting pitcher of his caliber, too — the New York Yankees. We’ve already talked about this subject, but nothing even close to that is going to happen, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heyman spoke to someone associated with the Yankees, who cited two reasons as to why: the Mets just wouldn’t send their ace to the Bronx, and Brian Cashman’s crew wouldn’t send either of Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar back to Queens to facilitate any deal.
This shouldn’t be earth-shattering news — as Heyman notes, the Mets and Yankees discussed potential swaps for Neil Walker, Jay Bruce, and Lucas Duda last summer, and none of those came to fruition. Why would a deal of much greater magnitude actually go down if they couldn’t see eye-to-eye in those situations?
Both sides have plenty of other options if they decide to change their rosters via trade within the coming months. The Yankees still have plenty of depth in their farm system outside of Torres and Andujar to acquire an impact arm, and just about every contender would want a guy like deGrom in their rotation for the stretch run.
It would be very surprising to see deGrom actually switch out his orange and blue for any other jersey right now. It would’ve been even more surprising if the Yankees emerged as a serious option, though.