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Heyman | Yankees and Mets can’t even agree on likelihood of deGrom deal

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Jun 2, 2018; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) in dugout during game against Chicago Cubs at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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There’s getting to be a buzz in New York already about a potential Jacob deGrom-to-the-Yankees trade – though there’s no evidence of any talk yet, and a belief on the part of some (or even many) that there’s no way the two sides could ever agree to such a blockbuster.

For one, the sides don’t even agree on that much.

A Yankees person suggested there’s no chance the Mets would have ever trade them deGrom, while a Mets person said that they would indeed make a big trade with the Yankees, assuming the Yankees understand that they’d have to pay a premium, just like a division rival might.

The suggestion made at least in broadcast circles was that the Yankees should trade wunderkind infielder Gleyber Torres for deGrom. But as to that, one Yankees person said it won’t happen for two reason: 1) They’ll never trade (deGrom) to us, and 2) We’re not trading Gleyber Torres or Miguel Andujar.

The Yankees have amazing depth in their prospect ranks, but buyer beware; they have scarcely made a bad trade in the last decade. The Yankees did nearly make a trade with the Mets last year, with the Yankees person saying the Mets backed out of an agreed-upon Neil Walker trade (Walker was eventually traded to the Brewers, though he signed with the Yankees as a free agent) – though once again, the Mets person didn’t recall it that way.

They also briefly talked about possible deals for Jay Bruce and Lucas Duda last summer, with neither of them happening, either. In the end, it’s fair to conclude a blockbuster trade between the two New York teams is a very big long shot.

Besides, if the Mets did consider trading deGrom, there would be many other options. All these contending teams could potentially be in the market for a starting pitcher: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Rockies, Brewers, Mariners, Angels, Braves and Nats.

Among contenders, only the Astros, Phillies and Red Sox would seem pretty well set for starters. But any of those teams might be more likely for deGrom.

Jon Heyman is an MLB Insider for FanRag Sports, featuring breaking news, information and his Inside Baseball column, which appears on FanRagSports.com every Thursday. Heyman also has been an insider at MLB Network since the channel launched in 2009 and is a regular contributor to WFAN in New York, where he appears weekly on the Joe and Evan Show and previously appeared on the Mike and the Mad Dog Show. He also appears on WSCR in Chicago, WBZ-FM in Boston and the Petros and Money Show on Fox in Los Angeles. Heyman comes to FanRag Sports from CBSSports.com, where he worked for five years and wrote the popular Inside Baseball notes column. Before going to CBS, Heyman worked for five years at Sports Illustrated and SI.com, where he was a senior writer and started an Inside Baseball Column. Heyman worked for 16 years at Newsday in New York, where he was the Yankees beat writer, a baseball columnist and finally a general sports columnist. Heyman started his career at the Moline (Ill.) Daily Dispatch, then moved to the Los Angeles Copley Newspapers (Torrance Daily Breeze and Santa Monica Outlook) before going to Newsday. Heyman at one time also served as a national baseball writer for The Sporting News. Heyman is a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. The Santa Fe, N.M. native grew up in Cedarhurst, N.Y., on Long Island.

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