The New York Mets and the New York Yankees reportedly discussed first baseman Lucas Duda before he was shipped to another American League East team, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Last night, the Mets shipped Jay Bruce to the Cleveland Indians as they looked to bulk up their offense.
The Yankees again were interested in trading for a Mets slugger and offered two prospects in return for Bruce according to Marc Carig of Newsday. The Yankees didn’t want to pay the full salary (about $3.7 million) left on Bruce’s contract this year while the Indians were willing to do so.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that the Yankees did indeed offer the Mets two prospects and $1 million in salary relief in the deal (leaving Mets to pay remaining $2.7 million).
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees had agree to send two prospects to the Mets before the Indians jumped into the race and were not given the chance to best the offer from Cleveland.
The Yankees are one of the eight teams currently on Bruce’s no-trade list. There were reports last year that Bruce didn’t want to get traded to New York, but he squashed them by saying he just wanted to play for a contender though Texas, Los Angeles and San Francisco were his preferred landing spots.
Bruce, 30, is in the midst of one of the best seasons in his career with 29 home runs, 75 RBI and a .256/.321/.520 slash line. He’s a free agent after the season and can not be given a qualifying offer by the Indians.