It hardly qualified as a blockbuster, but for the first time in a decade, the Yankees and Mets pulled off a trade Friday.
The Mets sent righthanded reliever Gonzalez Germen to the Yankees in exchange for cash considerations. It was the first transaction between the teams since Dec. 3, 2004, when the Yankees obtained Mike Stanton for Felix Heredia in a trade of lefthanded relievers.
Friday's deal was only the 15th between the teams.
Germen, 27, posted a 4.75 ERA in 25 appearances last season for the Mets, who designated him for assignment Monday after the signing of John Mayberry Jr. To make room for Germen, the Yankees designated righthander Preston Claiborne for assignment.
While the Yankees and Mets found common ground on the trade market, they remain far apart when it comes to payroll.
The Yankees owe $18.3 million in luxury tax, according to figures obtained by The Associated Press. It was their penalty for pushing last season's payroll to $271 million, as calculated for luxury tax purposes.
The Mets' payroll finished at $92.9 million, according to the AP, their lowest figure since 2001.
The Dodgers led all of baseball with a payroll of $277.7 million ($26.6 million in luxury tax), ending the Yankees' 15-year reign as the game's biggest spenders.