By JED WEISBERGER
The Mets ought to trade with the Yankees. Just that statement starts Twitter fights, discussions on the subway, verbal sparring in the office.
It’s nonsense, and some of the theories include:
- The Yankees always rob teams they trade with. Not true, there was nothing wrong with trading outfielder Dustin Fowler, now starting in center field for Oakland, infielder Jorge Mateo, a former Yankees No. 1 prospect, and right-hander James Kaprielian, who just needs to get healthy, for Sonny Gray last year.
- The Mets ownership won’t trade with the Yankees because both Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry upstaged what they did with the Mets with the Yankees. Very possibly true.
- The Mets don’t like playing second-fiddle in town. True.
But all this needs to be swept aside. The Mets need to stop, take a deep breath and trade with the guys in The Bronx for the good of their team.
While the Yankees have a team full of young, dynamic emerging stars, the Mets, even if they sweep the first edition of the 2018 Subway Series at Citi Field this weekend, are an old bunch, many past their primes, who are only competitive because of the talents of righties Jake DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard, who aims to be back from the DL for this weekend.
Yankees fans would love to get DeGrom. Not happening. Mets fans would love to get Gleyber Torres. Not happening. Save your bytes on Twitter.
The Mets need to trade with the Yankees for one and one main reason only. The Mets farm system stinks – a lethal combination with an old team. Binghamton, their Double-A team, comes in for a weekend series with Trenton, the Yankees Double-A club, this weekend.
Binghamton, nicknamed the Rumble Ponies, has a first baseman named Peter Alonso, who is hitting .315, with 15 homers and 47 RBIs in 59 games. But, aside from dedicated Mets fans nobody knows him. He is an actual rare Mets prospect.
Where does all the attention go? To outfielder Tim Tebow, who his is hitting a mediocre .244, with four homers and 19 RBIs in 50 games with 19 walks and 70 strikeouts. Nothing against Tebow, but he is not a prospect, except in the CFL.
The Mets system was rated 27th by Baseball America to start the season. Tebow, who is 30, is who is featured on their Double-A team. How about the Mets add a few more real prospects?
The Yankees are overflowing with them. Not all of them, maybe even blue-chip outfielder Clint Frazier, will play with the Yankees.
So here is our proposed trade to start business that will help both. The Mets send lefty Steven Matz on the 7 and 4 trains to Yankee Stadium. The Long Islander is 27 with a few years of control. The Yankees use the D, E and 7 trains to send Frazier, who starts in a corner-outfield spot for the Mets, infielder Tyler Wade, who slots in at second, and right-hander Domingo German, who would flourish in spacious Citi Field.
Matz fills a need for the Yankees. The Mets get three good young players, the type they definitely need.