The Yankees' starting rotation is already reeling ahead of Opening Day, with Luis Severino (Tommy John surgery) out for the season and James Paxton (back surgery to remove cyst) absent for the first couple months. Because of that, GM Brian Cashman is already looking to discuss trades with teams to add another rotation piece.
According to The Post's Ken Davidoff and Mike Puma, the Yankees have contacted the Mets about potentially trading for LHP Steven Matz, and the Mets are "willing to listen."
However, SNY's Andy Martino is saying not to hold your breath, as multiple sources are telling him "there is no reason to think it will progress or that anything will happen there."
If the Yankees were to gain some traction on a deal with their crosstown rival, Miguel Andujar is a person of interest, as The Post is saying the Mets want a big leaguer. But the Yankees don't seem "desperate enough for a pitcher" to trade Andujar, who looks pretty good in spring training after missing all of last season due to a torn labrum.
Andujar has been in trade talks since the beginning of the offseason with his current position-less status on the Yankees making him expendable. Gio Urshela has solidified third base after replacing Andujar last season, and the Yankees have since experimented with the 2018 Rookie of the Year runner-up in the outfield and could try him out at first base as well.
Considering the National League doesn't have a DH, Andujar may not even fit with the Mets either. Jeff McNeil and J.D. Davis are at third base and left field already. But Andujar's electric bat is the main reason teams are interested in the prospect of trading for him in the first place. The Yankees also have a deep farm system to pull from if they can't provide the major leaguer of the Mets' liking as the centerpiece of the deal.
Matz, 28, would be under team control next season if he lands with the Yanks. He's due $5 million this year and will likely see a raise in his final year of arbitration. Matz has posted a 4.09 ERA and 1.29 WHIP over the last two seasons while tossing 154.0 and 160.1 innings, respectively.
As for Andujar, he's under team control through the 2023 season, and at 25 years old, his ceiling is still pretty high given his 2018 season that saw a .297/.328/.527 slash line with 27 homers and 92 RBI.
In the end, Cashman could be simply making phone calls to see what teams might want for their rotation arms. It's the very early stages, but it shows that the Yankees are already trying to find solutions to an injury issue that is starting to get old real fast.