Could a pair of Mets stars be headed together to the Bronx? Ken Davidoff of the New York Post speculates Tuesday morning on a couple of Mets trade chips both potentially being dealt to the Yankees.
Davidoff sees the possibility that the Yanks could pursue Mets All-Star second baseman Daniel Murphy in a deadline trade, but he goes a step further, concocting a scenario where both Murphy and cult hero Bartolo Colon end up in pinstripes.
The Giants, whose second-base position is unsettled, could present a good fit for Murphy. Shoot, the Yankees could, too; they could get Murphy and bring Bartolo Colon back to the Bronx in one fell swoop. The Blue Jays want some help on offense, yet they’re more wary of Murphy because of his defense, according to an industry source.
Murphy is the Mets’ lone All-Star this year, and is probably their only really valuable trade commodity at this point. Colon has some value due to his experience in pennant-run situations but his age is going to make people wary.
The only bad thing about Colon being traded to the Yankees would be no more Colon at-bats (or a lot fewer of them, at least).
The deal seems to make sense for the Yanks considering their major needs at second base and in the rotation. There’s no doubt the Yankees need to make something happen before the deadline in order to shake up their roster. They’re just treading water right now in the A.L. East. They can’t afford to sit idle while the Blue Jays add pieces and push for the division title.