Report: Yankees Have Contacted Mets About Steven Matz Trade

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It didn’t take long for the Yankees’ starting pitching depth to significantly thin out.

Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and has been ruled out for the entirety of the 2020 season, and James Paxton is out a few months with a back injury. Gerrit Cole is still healthy at the front end of the rotation, but the Yankees might need some help at the back.

According to a report from the New York Post, the Yankees have reached out to the Mets about the availability of Steven Matz, who could possibly help with their rotation troubles.

Opening Day is under a month away, but Matz’s role with the Mets seems to be unclear. The Post’s Joel Sherman reported last week that Luis Rojas’ team might opt for a committee approach over having a set fifth starter. That split would apparently be between Matz, a lefty, and Michael Wacha, a righty.

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Wacha, who signed with the Mets as a free agent this offseason, has had an impressive start to spring training. The 28-year-old threw three scoreless innings in a win over the Marlins on Sunday down in Florida. Last Monday, Wacha told the press that the Mets “told me I’m a starter.”

If all that results in Matz being made available, the Yankees would be an interesting, if unusual, trade partner. The two New York rivals don’t often make trades, and when they do, they usually involve minor league players.

For what it's worth, SNY's Andy Martino pushed back on the notion that Matz could go to the Yankees. 

As NY Post reported there has been some contact between Mets and Yankees on Steven Matz. However, multiple sources say that there is no reason to think it will progress or that anything will happen there.

— Andy Martino (@martinonyc) March 2, 2020

Paxton should return for Aaron Boone and company at some point after the beginning of May, but the loss of Severino is particularly tough. There is also the uncertainty regarding Domingo German, who still has 63 games left to serve in his 81-game suspension after violating Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy. Matz would help restore some depth to the pitching staff.

In 2019, Matz went 11-10 for the Mets with a 4.21 ERA.