MLB Trade Rumors: Yanks Target Mets' Niese, Add to History of Subway Trades

Rick Weiner@RickWeinerNYFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2011

MLB Trade Rumors: Yanks Target Mets' Niese, Add to History of Subway Trades

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    Whenever a starting pitcher becomes available, we can expect the New York Yankees to be interested.

    When it is a 25-year-old starter who is under team control through the 2015 season, you can guarantee the Yankees will be inquiring.

    That is exactly what happened yesterday when the New York Mets let it be known that Jonathan Niese was available, as Brian Cashman put a call into Mets GM Sandy Alderson.

    Reportedly, the Mets are looking for a big package in return for Niese, including prospects and a place-holder starting pitcher.

    Obvious positions the Mets could use help at include catcher and second base. The Yankees have multiple prospects at both positions, including Austin Romine, David Adams and Corban Joseph.

    Whether or not the Yankees are willing to pay the steep price that the Mets are asking remains to be seen, but this would not be the first time the cross-town rivals traded with each other.

    Lets take a look back at the trades that took place between the clubs and see who came out on top.

December 9, 1977: Yankees Send Sergio Ferrer to the Mets for Roy Staiger

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    In what amounted to a trade of spare parts, the Yankees traded Sergio Ferrer, a 26-year-old middle infielder to the Mets for Roy Staiger, a 28-year-old third baseman.

    Staiger spent the majority of his Yankees career playing in Triple-A, though he joined the major league roster in September 1979. Once there, he played four games, going 3-for-11 with a double, run scored and RBI.

    He retired following the 1980 season.

    Ferrer also spent the bulk of his Mets career in the minor leagues, though he did appear in Flushing for a total of 69 games in 1978 and 1979. He hit .185 with a triple, RBI and 15 runs scored.

    Who Won This Trade?

    The Mets, due to the fact they got more then four games out of Ferrer.

April 18, 1983: Yankees Send Tucker Ashford to the Mets for Steve Ray and PTBNL

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    In another trade of spare parts, the Yankees sent 28-year-old infielder Tucker Ashford to the Mets for 21-year-old starting pitcher Steve Ray and a player to be named later, which turned out to be 19-year-old infielder Felix Perdomo.

    Neither Ray or Perdomo would ever step foot on the field at Yankee Stadium, both spending their time with the Yankees in the minor leagues

    Ashford, who had appeared in three games with the Yankees in 1981 but never stepped to the plate, played in 35 games for the Mets in 1983 and hit .179 with a triple, two RBIs and three runs scored.

    Who Won This Trade?

    The Mets, since they were able to get something out of Ashford at the major league level.

December 11, 1987: Yankees Send Three to the Mets in Exchange for Two

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    Rafael Santana, the starting SS for the Mets' 1986 championship team, would be packaged with minor league pitcher Victor Garcia and sent to the Yankees in exchange for outfielder Darren Reed, catcher Phil Lombardi and minor league starter Steve Frey.

    Santana was the starting shortstop for the Yankees in 1988, hitting .240 with four home runs and 38 RBIs.

    Garcia, a left-handed pitcher, never made it higher than Triple-A in the minors.

    Steve Frey spent his brief Mets career in the minor leagues, while Lombardi and Reed had cups of coffee with the big club.

    Lombardi hit .229 with a home run and three RBIs in 18 games for the Mets in 1989.

    Reed did not perform much better, hitting .205 with a home run and two RBIs in 26 games during the 1990 season.

    Who Won This Trade?

    The Yankees win easily, as Santana played nearly the entire 1988 season as a starter in the majors.

July 10, 1989: Yankees Trade Scott Nielsen to the Mets for Marcus Lawton

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    Marcus Lawton was a speedster in the minor leagues, swiping 311 bases while only being caught 64 times from 1983 through 1988.

    Scott Nielsen served as both a starter and long reliever for the Yankees, posting a 6-6 record and 4.83 ERA in 19 games from 1986 through 1989.

    Lawton appeared in 10 games for the Yankees in 1989, hitting .214 with a run scored and a stolen base.

    Nielsen did not appear in a game for the Mets, spending the 1990 season in Triple-A before retiring.

    Who Won This Trade?

    Nobody really, but we will give the nod to the Yankees simply because Lawton saw some action in the big leagues.

June 9, 1992: Yankees Trade Lee Guetterman to the Mets for Tim Burke

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    In a trade that saw two 33-year-old relievers switch teams, left-handed Lee Guetterman found himself at Shea Stadium while right-handed Tim Burke came north to the Bronx.

    Both pitchers had gotten off to horrific starts to the season, and both teams hoped a change of scenery would cure what ailed them.

    Guetterman was atrocious for the Mets for the rest of the 1992 season, posting a 5.82 ERA and 1.64 WHIP in 43.1 innings pitched. He walked almost as many batters (14) as he struck out (15).

    Burke, on the other hand, performed better for the Yankees than he had for the Mets, posting a 3.25 ERA and 1.48 WHIP over 27.2 innings pitched. But he did walk nearly twice as many batters (15) as he struck out (8).

    Who Won This Trade?

    Neither reliever was incredibly effective, but we give the nod to the Yankees because while Burke's WHIP was high, his ERA was respectable.

September 17, 1993: Yankees Trade Kenny Greer to the Mets for Frank Tanana

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    As the Mets floundered to a horrific finish in 1993, the Yankees were trying to catch the Toronto Blue Jays for the AL East pennant.

    Frank Tanana, in his 21st major league season, was brought in to make a handful of starts down the stretch, while Kenny Greer was a middling 26-year-old pitcher in the minors.

    Tanana made three starts for the Yankees, going 0-2 with a 3.20 ERA and 1.27 WHIP over 19.2 innings pitched.

    Greer appeared in one game for the Mets, pitching a perfect ninth inning while striking out two.

    Who Won This Trade?

    Nobody—it is a push.

December 7, 2001: Yankees Trade David Justice to the Mets for Robin Ventura

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    Needing to find a capable replacement for the recently retired Scott Brosius, the Yankees sent RF David Justice to the Mets in exchange for 3B Robin Ventura.

    Justice spent one week with the Mets before being flipped to the Oakland Athletics for Tyler Yates and Mark Guthrie.

    Ventura spent parts of the 2002 and 2003 seasons with the Yankees, providing awful defense at the hot corner but hitting .249 with 36 HRs and 135 RBIs over 230 games.

    Who Won This Trade?

    Hands down the Yankees, since Justice never played an inning for the Mets.

July 16, 2003: Yankees Trade Three to the Mets for Armando Benitez

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    In an effort to shore up their bullpen, the Yankees traded pitchers Jason Anderson, Ryan Bicondoa and Anderson Garcia to the Mets for their erratic closer, Armando Benitez.

    Benitez appeared in nine games for the Yankees, going 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 9.1 innings pitched.

    Neither Garcia or Bicondoa saw time with the Mets in the majors.

    Anderson posted a 5.06 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 10.2 innings as a Met.

    Who Won This Trade?

    The Yankees, only because Benitez was much more effective than Anderson.

December 3, 2004: Yankees Trade Felix Heredia to the Mets for Mike Stanton

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    Mike Stanton returned to the Yankees, with whom he had spent six of the previous eight seasons.

    Unfortunately for the Yankees, Stanton was not the same pitcher he was when he left following the 2003 season. Upon his return, he went 1-2 with a 7.07 ERA and 1.64 WHIP over 14 innings pitched before being released by the team on July 1.

    Heredia only appeared in three games for the Mets before being shut down for the season with an aneurysm in his left shoulder.

    Who Won This Trade