The Yankees have reached out to the Mets to express interest in 1B Lucas Duda and closer Addison Reed, reports Mark Feinsand of MLB.com.
The Yankees, who are interested in acquiring a first baseman and late-inning reliever, were scouting the Mets on Monday night at Citi Field, according to the NY Post's Kevin Kernan.
The Mets are reportedly open to dealing any player who is not under team control beyond next season, including Reed and Duda.
Sandy Alderson said July 14 that he's not opposed to trading with the Yankees, despite the two teams not connecting on a player-for-player big-league deal since swapping Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in 2004.
The Yankees, who are 47-44, are a half game up on the Twins for the second Wild Card in the American League. They trail the Red Sox by two games in the AL East.
Matthew Cerrone: Duda, as a power-hitting lefty with the option to occasionally DH, would be terrific in Yankee Stadium. Plus, he knows New York... obviously. And, in Reed, the Yankees could get a guy with playoff experience in New York who can be a closer if needed, or simply be a set-up guy to Chapman. More important, thanks to their sell-offs the last few seasons, they have plenty of quality prospects to deal. So, these two teams hooking up on a trade seemingly makes a ton of sense...
The thing is, there are other first basemen available on the trade market, such as Yonder Alonso (A's) and Matt Adams(Braves), both of whom the Yankees reportedly also have interest in. And, while it is a seller's market for pitching, and Reed is considered one of the better relievers available, the Yankees will have other options to consider and likely need to wait until the last minute to maximize a deal.
May, 2017: Reed pitches against the Phillies at Citizen's Bank Park. John Geliebter/USA TODAY Sports
The point is, though there's an obvious fit, it'll take time to make a true connection. In the meantime, expect our Adam Rubin to post something here during the next day or so looking in to what the Mets could realistically get from the Bronx...
By the way, I'm also glad to hear there's no issue between these two teams when it comes to swapping players, especially in a season where people expected the Mets to be good and the Yankees to be terrible. I hate the thought of flipping that script any more than it is. But, if Alderson concludes that the best way to win in 2018 (and beyond) is to possibly help the Yankees in 2017, so be it...