The last time the teams completed a deal was when the Yankees sent Scott Wiggins to Toronto for Raul Mondesi. That was in 2002.
But, apparently, the sides got close this year.
The Yankees and Blue Jays talked about a deal that would have sent All-Star Carlos Beltran to Canada before the trade deadline, according to a report from Gerry Fraley of the Dallas News.
From the report:
“We saw Beltran over the years with the Yankees, and what a great hitter he was,” Gibbons said. “A clutch-type performer.”
The report didn’t say whom the Yankees may have targeted from Toronto.
Obviously, it didn’t happen. Instead, the Yankees sent Beltran, a 39-year-old soon-to-be free agent, to Texas for Dillon Tate, a righty pitcher the Rangers picked at No. 4 overall in 2015. The Yankees considered Tate a good buy-low value after the Rangers watched his velocity dip and production suffer, but he’s since seen the return of his fastball in multi-inning relief
It’s likely the Yankees would have pushed Toronto even harder if it wanted Beltran, considering the in-division rivalry.
Still, there’s a chance Beltran could play for any of the three teams mentioned here in 2017. Beltran has said he’d like to return to Texas. But he also said that on his way out of New York. The Blue Jays will probably be looking for a big bat, too, with the expected departure of Edwin Encarnacion. Red Sox slugger David Ortiz has said Encarnacion would be the best player to replace him next season and it’s not like Boston’s shy about spending what it must.