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New York teams could consider making these rare crosstown trades

In theory, it shouldn’t matter that much. A Yankees-Mets trade? A Giants-Jets deal? A Ranger-Islander exchange? A Knicks-Nets trade? In the end, in theory, they are just adversaries. Like Mets-Dodgers, like Giants-Cowboys, like Rangers-Canucks, like Knicks-Bulls.

But in practice, of course…

“When you’re a general manager, there’s a kind of unwritten truth, Ernie Accorsi once told me. He was the Giants’ general manager at the time, but he’s an all-sports-aware sports fan, so if there’s one man who can just talk about The Job, it’s Accorsi.

“And this is it: you can make terrible trades and survive. You can send a kid who becomes an All-Star to Chicago, Pittsburgh, or Miami. You’ll be criticized for this, and you’d better pull off a few more moves, but you can survive it. But what if you’re on the wrong end of a trade with a team you share a city with? »

He shook his head sadly and stuck out his thumb, the universal referee’s signal for “out”.

That’s why we see him so rarely here. The Jets and Giants shared the city for 59 years before completing the deal in 2019 that sent Leonard Williams from Florham Park to East Rutherford in exchange for a pair of draft picks. The Rangers sent Ron Stewart to the Islanders for cash in November 1972 and the teams didn’t make another deal until 2010, when they made a minor trade of prospects and draft picks, none of which yielded.

There have been four Knicks-Nets transactions in the 47 years they’ve shared space in the NBA, and the biggest was the first: the Knicks sent Phil Jackson to New Jersey on June 8, 1978, to a draft that became Micheal. Ray Richardson.

The Mets and Yankees have dealt together 16 times since the Yankees sold pitcher Bob Friend to the Mets on June 15, 1966. The first 15 were all indescribable, low-impact and easy to forget. The No. 16 happened just before the teams broke up spring training in April, a reliever trade: left-hander Joely Rodriguez going from the Bronx to Queens, right-hander Miguel Castro going the other way.

Joely Rodriguez
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And in some ways, that’s exactly the kind of trade a GM with the guts to do an intramural trade hopes it will be: Both have been solid; neither will win a Cy Young. Rodriguez has given the Mets a much-needed left-handed arm in their bullpen and in 17 games (before Wednesday) is throwing at a 3.86 ERA, with 18 strikeouts. Castro has been almost identically reliable, also in 17 games heading into Wednesday: 3.38 ERA, 13 flushes.

So the next natural question is: can we make this a regular thing?

And look: Castro-for-Rodriguez will never be confused in the realm of deals with the Joe DiMaggio-for-Ted Williams deal that nearly happened on a legendary night when Larry MacPhail and Tom Yawkey were both overserved and talkative. It wasn’t Aaron Judge-for-Pete Alonso, or Gerrit Cole-for-Jacob deGrom.

Still, it’s a fun exercise, especially if you think about it in two ways: the trade that won’t happen in a million years and the deal that makes sense. We already know the sensible thing for baseball clubs: Rodriguez-for-Castro. And we also just offered two million blows against one.

In others?


Will not happen: What the heck: Daniel Jones for Zach Wilson. If only because if the Giants and Jets traded quarterbacks, regardless of their level of achievement, the seismic repercussions would last for decades. And how fun would that be?

Kind of meaning: Wide receiver Denzel Mims could probably use a change of scenery, and Jones could definitely use a guy who, if he thrives, could be a trusted winger. The Jets, who need bodies on defense, could pick up two young pass throwers, Oshane Ximines and Elerson Smith.

Denzel Mims
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Outlook: The teams traded picks on draft night. It could well be another 59 years before they call each other again.


Will not happen: The Knicks need a point guard. Ben Simmons can do it. And who knows what motivates Simmons (and who knows for his back), but could a season-long revenge tour of the Atlantic Division make his blood boil? Julius Randle and Alec Burks Line Up Salaries; Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and Randle could be a good Big 2¹/₂.

Kind of meaning: Joe Harris has been missed this year, but with Seth Curry a Nets game now, Harris’ value is redundant. And what Evan Fournier does well is probably better served on the Nets than with the Knicks, where an off-night will not be cataclysmic and his ability to move without the ball will be rewarded. Their salaries are an almost exact wash.

Outlook: Trading Fournier would be a concession speech by Leon Rose. Unlikely.

Evan Fournier

Island Rangers

Will not happen: Chris Kreider-for-Mathew Barzal. Which would have made a lot more sense last year before Kreider’s 52-goal resurgence, but any time you trade charismatic players the back and forth can be delicious.

Kind of meaning: Barzal for K’Andre Miller and a draft pick. Barzal has had many good times as an islander, but can also be frustrating. Would a change in the big city lead him to stardom? Miller, meanwhile, would be an instant boost to the Islanders’ blue line and is still just 22 years old.

Outlook: There’s a reason they don’t take each other’s calls.