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MLB insider: Yankees, Mets have 3 things in common as trade deadline approaches

NJ.com logo NJ.com 6/24/2022 Bridget Hyland, nj.com

Right now, New York rules baseball.

The Yankees (52-18) own the American League while the Mets (45-26) command the National League.

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With the Aug. 2nd trade deadline approaching, both teams have the opportunity to perfect their rosters in preparation for a post-season run. And with these trade talks, the two teams have more than a home city in common.

The New York Post’s Joel Sherman outlined three of these commonalities:

1. Shopping for starting pitching

The Yankees hope they have some internal solutions if a starter gets hurt or needs a pit stop. Domingo German is on a rehab assignment. Clarke Schmidt was sent to the minors to be stretched out. … The Mets are more likely to be players here, but only if they believe they won’t be getting Jacob deGrom and possibly Tylor Megill back in strong form and/or if Max Scherzer can’t stay healthy.

2. Looking for help in the bullpen

Removing the guesswork of handling New York and the postseason with someone such as the Cubs’ David Robertson (who already has had two Yankees tours) should have appeal. Orioles closer Jorge Lopez has shown he can handle the best of the AL East. … Both would be ideal for the Mets as well.

3. Trying to unload a “core” player

For the Mets, it is Eduardo Escobar. For the Yankees, Joey Gallo. Escobar is on a two-year contract, and the Mets owe him $10 million beyond this season. The Yankees gave up four prospects at the deadline last year to land Gallo, who is making $10.275 million in his walk year

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Bridget Hyland may be reached at bhyland@njadvancemedia.com.

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