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Yankees-Mets trade embargo is why it’s unlikely Zack Wheeler heads to the Bronx

Running away with the AL East and heading into what they hope will be a deep playoff run this October, the New York Yankees desperately need to add a starting pitcher by the July 31 trade deadline. Meanwhile, a scant eight miles across town, the New York Mets, closer to last place than first in the NL East and headed for their eighth sub-.500 season in the last 10, are eagerly seeking to unload a starting pitcher, and a good one at that. Throughout their 57-year history of mostly uneasy co-existence, the Yankees and Mets have cooperated on a trade precisely 15 times, beginning with the sale of 35-year-old right-handed pitcher Bob Friend from the Yankees to the Mets in 1966.

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