3 Yankees-Mets trades that would help both teams
By Adam Weinrib
1. David Peterson for Offense and Prospects
The Yankees could nab a more stable back-end option in David Peterson.
Sure, 2021 will only be David Peterson’s second year in the bigs. But don’t you already trust him just as much or more so than Jordan Montgomery?
We know what you’re thinking: Why would the Mets give up on their young fifth starter after one year of 6-2, 3.44 ERA baseball? Well, it’s possible that Peterson, who doesn’t miss many bats (40 Ks in 49.1 innings pitched) has already peaked in his first pass through the league. And if the Mets add Trevor Bauer at the top of the rotation and Tomoyuki Sugano at the bottom, they’ll already have squeezed him out.
The Yanks should call about Peterson for depth purposes, which would allow them to keep Clarke Schmidt as insurance when the season opens. A strange trade without a doubt, but this could be a solid opportunity to deploy Mike Tauchman as a chip — after all, Brian Cashman’s claiming he’s getting plenty of calls about him these days, right? He’d slide in as solid outfield depth hoping for a rebound campaign, and the Yanks will have to attach a top prospect, too, likely in the form of No. 4 Oswald Peraza (SS) or No. 7 Estevan Florial.
This one involves thinking outside the box and only helps the Mets if they are willing to splurge on two more big-ticket rotation options.
But if you’re going to go for it, don’t go for it halfway.