Happy New Year, and one resolution we would like to see is the two New York teams build a better relationship.
Right now, the relationship is rocky at best. The Mets and Yankees could actually help each other succeed, but, especially from the organization in Queens, there seems to an effort to avoid such situations.
The Yankees and Mets have actually completed 16 trades over the years, just about all of the minor variety:
Nov. 30, 1964: Yanks take outfielder Duke Carmel in the Rule 5 draft.
June 15, 1966: Mets purchase pitcher Bob Friend from the Yankees.
June 29, 1967: Mets buy pitcher Hal Reniff from the Yankees.
Dec. 9, 1977: Mets send infielder Roy Staiger to Yanks for Sergio Ferrer.
Aug. 20, 1979: Yankees sell pitcher Ray Burris to the Mets.
April 1, 1980: Yanks purchase infielder Marshall Brandt from Mets.
April 18, 1983: Mets trade pitcher Steve Ray and a player to be named later for infielder Tucker Ashford.
Dec. 11, 1987: – In a deal involving several players, the Mets send shortstop Rafael Santana and pitcher Victor Garcia to the Yankees for catcher Phil Lombardi, outfielder Darren Reed and pitcher Steve Frey.
July 10, 1989: Outfielder Marcus Lawton is traded from the Mets to the Yankees for pitcher Scott Nielsen.
June 9, 1992: Mets swap pitcher Tim Burke and cash for pitcher Lee Guetterman.
Dec. 7, 1992: Mets take pitcher Mike Draper from Yanks’ Triple-A Columbus farm club in the Rule 5 draft.
Sept. 17, 1993: Mets send pitcher Frank Tanana to Yanks for pitcher Kenny Greer.
Dec. 7, 2001: In what can be classified as the only major deal, the Mets send third baseman Robin Ventura to the Bronx for outfielder David Justice.
July 16, 2003: Yanks get reliever Armando Benitez from Mets for pitchers Jason Anderson, Anderson Garcia and Ryan Bicondoa.
Dec. 3, 2004: Yankees re-acquire reliever Mike Stanton by sending Felix Heredia to Queens.
Dec. 19, 2014: Mets trade RHP Gonzalez Germen for cash.
The clubs have not made a deal since, but an apparent agreement between Brian Cashman and Sandy Alderson to send Jay Bruce to the Yankees for a pair of good prospects the Mets requested last Aug. 9 was scotched when the Yanks wanted the Mets to pay a piece of the $5 million the outfielder was owed for the rest of 2017.
While the Yankees offered to pay $1M of Bruce’s contract, Cleveland reportedly paid $3.7M of it. The Mets took the savings over two prospects who would have helped them. In MLB economics, $2.7M is not a lot.
There is a recent history of the Mets not going the extra mile to help the Yankees when they could, even on the minor-league level. One does wonder.
Back in 2012, PNC Field, in which the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees’ Triple-A farm team, plays, was being remodeled. The Yankees thought it would be great if the RailRiders set up shop in Newark, which had an available ballpark at the time, for one season.
Many thought it was a superb idea, given the Yankees’ top farm team had played in Newark for many years. The Mets used their territorial rights to veto the idea after the Yankees presented it numerous times.
The Mets were concerned that fans in the affluent North Jersey suburbs would abandon them for the Yankees with their farm team playing in Essex County, even for a season. Really?
It’s safe to say that move did nothing to boost relations between the teams, while, if approved, could have been beneficial in numerous ways.
Maybe in 2018, the two New York teams will go the extra mile with each other, with all New York fans the winners.