With the Yankees' starting rotation decimated by injury and the Mets currently having six starting pitchers for five spots, the Yanks have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for Steven Matz, reports Mike Puma and Ken Davidoff of the New York Post.
According to the Post, the Mets are "willing to listen," but there is skepticism that a deal will ultimately get done.
In a trade of Matz, the Post reports that the Mets would want a big league player -- potentially Miguel Andujar -- in return. However, Puma and Davidoff report that the Yankees aren't "desperate enough for a pitcher" in order to trade Andujar.
According to SNY's Andy Martino, while there has been some contact between the Mets and Yankees on Matz, multiple sources said that there is no reason to think that talks will progress.
Matz, 28, is under team control through the 2021 season. He will make $5 million this season before likely getting a raise in 2021 during what is his final year of arbitration.
He has posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over the last two seasons while tossing 154.0 and 160.1 innings, respectively. And the Yanks -- without Luis Severino for the season and without James Paxton until May at the earliest -- have a need for established rotation help.
Andujar, 25, will make close to the league minimum this season and is under team control through the 2023 season.
While Andujar -- who missed the majority of the 2019 season due to a torn labrum -- has immense offensive potential, it's hard to see where he would fit on the Mets.
Andujar's natural position is third base, where he was among the worst defenders in the league in 2018. Beyond that, Jeff McNeil is expected to start for the Mets at third base.
Meanwhile, as the Yankees (who have Gio Urshela at third base) look for a spot to play Andujar this season, he has gotten time in left field during spring training.
When it comes to the Mets' rotation "surplus," the team has reportedly considered going with an outside the box plan for handling the No. 5 spot in their rotation.
But with so many moving parts going into any outside the box plan and Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Rick Porcello ticketed for the rotation, it seems far likelier that the Mets will simply choose a fifth starter between Matz and Michael Wacha and place the other in the bullpen.