With the New York Mets and New York Yankees set to renew their annual "Subway Series" next week, this year's matchup has some added drama.
The two teams from the Big Apple have never liked each other much, but now the feud has been reignited, thanks to some broken promises and hurt feelings in recent weeks regarding potential trades.
The Yankees are reportedly furious that the Mets traded outfielder Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians, when they believe they made the Mets a much better offer.
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However, one anonymous Mets official told the New York Post that the Yankees didn't make a quality offer at all and that the Mets felt insulted by the proposal from the Bronx Bombers:
“If they would give us something of [expletive] value, maybe we would have made a deal,” a Mets official said.
Bruce went to the Indians in exchange for low-level minor league pitcher Ryder Ryan, a package the Yankees felt they had bested.
The last time the Mets and Yankees made a significant trade was all the way back in 2003, so it's not surprising that the Bruce deal fell through. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson admitted that the Mets aren't too eager to help their crosstown rivals out, just as they wouldn't be in a big hurry to help out the Washington Nationals, their NL East rivals:
“Certainly dealing with the Yankees would be a factor, just as dealing with the Washington Nationals would be a factor,” Alderson said. “I think it would be foolish for us to say it doesn’t matter, but at the same time is it prohibitive? No.”
At the end of the day, Bruce is now in Cleveland and the Yankees and Mets will each have extra motivation when they play each other next week.
The biggest difference between the Indians' and Yankees' offers for Bruce was money. The Yankees offered two minor league players, but weren't willing to pay all of Bruce's remaining salary. Though the Indians only offered one player, they will take on all of Bruce's salary.
Alderson added that trading Bruce will also free up playing time for some of the Mets' younger players:
“Our goal was not to save money,” Alderson said. “One of the primary motivations was to create playing-time opportunities for other players. That has continued to be a goal of ours. Dominic Smith will be here [Friday] and we will continue to work toward introducing or giving playing time to players we want to see in regard to how they fit in for 2018.”
For the Yankees, it's back to the drawing board as they try to add some firepower for a potential playoff run. First, though, they'll try to make the Mets pay for the failed Bruce trade.News Now - Sport News