A Mets official reportedly blasted the Yankees organization for backing out of one deal involving Neil Walker prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and for not reaching a compromise on a potential Jay Bruce trade this past week.
The Mets reportedly had a deal in place that would have sent Walker to the Yankees in late July, but the Yankees backed out over concerns about Walker's medical record, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. The Mets reportedly believe, according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, that the Yankees used Walker's medicals as an excuse to back out on the deal and instead pursue Sonny Gray, whom they eventually acquired from the Oakland A's.
Earlier this week, instead of trading Bruce to the Yankees, the Mets dealt the outfielder to the Indians, who agreed to pay all of Bruce's remaining $3.7 million salary, in return for low-level minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan. The Yankees reportedly wanted the Mets to pay a portion of Bruce's salary, but the Mets wanted a better return in prospects than the two low-level pitchers the Yankees were reportedly offering.
"If they would give us something of [expletive] value, maybe we would have made a deal," a Mets official told Puma.
Bruce (19) and Walker (20) high-five at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
"Our goal was not to save money," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters before Thursday's game against the Phillies. "My responsibility is to get the best deal possible. It's not just a function of two [minor leaguers] vs. one. There are other considerations, including cost. Taking all of that into account, [trading Bruce to the Indians and not the Yankees] is the direction we decided to go."
The Yankees and Mets have not made a trade involving big-league talent since swapping pitchers Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia in 2003.
"Certainly dealing with the Yankees would be a factor, just as dealing with the Washington Nationals would be a factor," Alderson said. "I think it would be foolish for us to say it doesn't matter, but at the same time is it prohibitive? No."
Being the unemotional, calculated businessman that he is, Alderson is on record as saying he has no issue dealing with the Yankees. I believe him. I'm sure this is true. However, I bet others in the front office feel otherwise, and I totally understand where they're coming from.
I find it hard to believe any Mets fan would prefer to receive an extra low-level minor leaguer -- and the satisfaction of knowing ownership swallowed a million dollars or two -- so Bruce could potentially help the Yankees reach the playoffs. Imagine if the Mets sent Bruce to the Bronx, where he hits a huge home run at Yankee Stadium in the wild-card game and pushes the Yankees to the ALDS. >> Read more from my post yesterday on MetsBlog.