MLB teams have until August 31 to trade players through waivers in order for those players to be eliglble for postseason play with their new teams.
According to MLB insiders, only left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins and infielder/outfielder Jose Bautista are drawing interest on the Mets.
In July, prior to the non-waiver deadline, I heard only the Yankees were seriously interested in Blevins, who will be a free agent at the end of this season.
Blevins had a shaky start to the season, but has not allowed a run in his last 11 appearances, during which he's struck out one third of his opponents, who are hitting just .107 against him. As a result, multiple teams have recently shown interest in Blevins, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo, as well as Fancred.com's Jon Heyman.
The Yankees reportedly also had interest in Bautista, who is earning the league minimum salary and will be a free agent at the end of this season. They have also shown consistent interest in Blue Jays OF Curtis Granderson, who has cleared waivers and can freely be traded, according to MLB Trade Rumors.
I was recently told by a Yankees source that interest in Bautista was predicated on him playing first base, as well as third base and corner outfield. Not surprisingly, Bautista has played two games at first and four games at third since then...
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge is expected to be on the disabled list until at least early-September, which is a month more than initially reported. Nevertheless, they're unlikely to acquire an outfielder in a waiver deal to fill in for Judge, according to Yankees beat writer Marc Carig.
That said, obviously, there's a fit here between the Mets and Yankees, who clearly have a need for Blevins and Bautista, both of whom are not earning a lot of money and can be cut loose after this season.
This is the exact type of deal the Yankees have made in previous seasons -- acquiring inexpensive, pending free-agent veterans who can start, sit and provide leadership down the stretch. In return, the Mets should not expect much in trade.
So, it's possible the weak return is not worth helping the Yankees, who are seemingly on path to host this year's AL Wild Card Game. But, if that's of no concern, these two teams should work on a match... just leave Jacob deGrom out of it this time.
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