A trade between the New York Yankees and New York Mets seems unlikely, but that hasn’t stopped Brian Cashman from checking in.
At an event to launch New York Sports Tours in Manhattan, Cashman talked about what he’s been up to recently. While the Yankees are one of baseball’s most dominant teams, they still have certain areas of the roster that could use improvement.
Like any good general manager, Cashman is keeping as many lines of communication open as possible, which includes the Mets. Here’s what he had to say about that, via Neil Best of Newsday:
“I’ve been engaged with all clubs, including the Mets. It’s the job, and if you can, you match up your ownership recommendations on both ends and see if it takes you anywhere. I have been talking with Sandy [Alderson]. I’ve also been talking with [special assistant] Omar Minaya.”
These conversations would’ve been going on anyways. However, they become especially interesting for some after hearing that the current trio replacing Sandy Alderson in the front office right now is open to just about anything.
Actually matching up on a trade for such impactful names like Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard remains unlikely, but outside of the Boston Red Sox, Cashman appears willing to at least discuss possibilities.
It’s hard to say that a club like the Yankees has a clear weak spot when they’re sporting a 52-26 record heading into Friday’s action. Still, the one obvious area of improvement would be in the starting rotation, just for the purpose of gaining more top-end depth.
Cashman himself said it’s difficult to acquire a front-of-the-rotation kind of pitcher, but if there’s any organization that could pull off that type of acquisition, it’s the Bronx Bombers. Their farm system is deep with talent far beyond guys making waves in the majors right now, such as Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar.
Now is the time to set their sights high, anyways — that’s why they’re also keeping tabs on Michael Fulmer of the Detroit Tigers.
With a month to go before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, plenty of rumors will be flying before anything happens (and if anything does). Based on what Cashman has done in recent years, though, it’s safe to assume there’s more than a reasonable chance that he’ll press the right button.