At last count, seven people have e-mailed me about some internet rumor of a possible trade between the Mets and Yankees. Rob Neyer of ESPN.com commented on it today (subscription required) and now it’s going viral.
Yankees get: Carlos Beltran.
Mets get: Robinson Cano, Jose Veras (or Brian Bruney), Ian Kennedy, some other prospect and cash.
Presumably, this trade is contingent on Omar Minaya smoking a lot of crystal meth and the Wilpons spending a weekend out of cell phone range. Why the Mets would trade an All-Star caliber switch-hitting 31-year-old center fielder for a second baseman coming off a bad year and assorted spare parts is uncertain.
I briefly thought of calling Omar to ask him about such a deal but figured he would start laughing.
If such a trade is made, I’ll be happy to drive Veras over to Citi Field myself out of the sheer joy of not having to watch him walk somebody with a 5-2 lead ever again.
The other rumor that needs debunking is the idea that Willie Randolph joining the Yankees as a coach. Just what Joe Girardi needs, a popular former Yankee who wants to be a manager again on his coaching staff. The first time the Yankees lost three straight Willie would be putting family photos up in the manager’s office. Also, Willie can sit at home in New Jersey and collect checks from the Mets for another year.
The Yankees and Mets, by the way, haven’t made a deal since 2003 when the Yankees inexplicably acquired Armando Benitez for three low-level prospects.
UPDATE, 8:18 p.m.: Wait a second, the Yankees media guide is wrong (fix that, guys). The Yankees dealt Felix Heredia to the Mets for the ghost of Mike Stanton on Dec. 3, 2004.