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Could the Yankees land Daniel Murphy and let Cano fly?
The New York Mets rank 28th in ERA out of the bullpen in MLB. The Yankees relief corps ranks fourth in the AL in ERA, and with Joba Chamberlain coming off the DL, they seem to have an embarrassment of riches in the 'pen.
Despite being crosstown rivals, it would only make sense that the two teams explore ways to help each other out.
While the Yankees continue to work on negotiations with star second baseman Robinson Cano (who becomes a free agent at the end of the season), they could relieve that pressure by swinging some deals now rather than facing a very real possibility of having to replace him next offseason.
The first step would be to secure a solid major league second baseman. It would have to be someone able to handle the media scrutiny that surely would follow in New York City.
Look no further than New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy.
The 28-year-old has a .293 career batting average and is solid in the field (he has a .990 fielding percentage this season).
With the emergence of relievers Preston Claiborne (0.69 ERA and 0.69 WHIP in nine appearances) and Shawn Kelley (33 strikeouts in a little over 19 innings pitched), Chamberlain is more than expendable.
At 27 years old, and blessed with a mid-to-high 90s fastball and knee-buckling curveball, Joba certainly would be a welcome addition to the Mets beleaguered bullpen. He would have a better shot at becoming a closer with the Mets than he would with the Yankees.
If the Mets are willing to deal with some of the off-field baggage that Chamberlain brings with him (that's never stopped them before), he could offer them valuable late-inning relief (prior to his injury, he had not given up a run or walked a batter in his last six appearances).
Corban Joseph is a 24-year-old second baseman currently at Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre in the Yankees' system. Like Murphy, Joseph bats left-handed and has shown that he is almost ready for the major league club.
This season, the Yankees called him up as the 26th man in a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. In the second game of the twin set, Joseph had his first major league hit—a double.
This deal provides the Mets with a decent (and still young) arm in the bullpen, as well as a young, competent second baseman.
For the Yankees it would mean a large drop in salary, as Murphy currently makes $2.95 million per season, while Cano will be seeking an exorbitant deal.
The question in all of this is whether the Mets would be willing to take on the sometimes volatile Chamberlain and the media circus that would follow. If so, the deal could benefit both organizations.