MLB trade rumors: Red Sox stealing Tigers’ Matthew Boyd, Mets’ Zack Wheeler from Yankees?

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The Yankees-Red Sox rivalry never stops.

As baseball hits reset for the All-Star Game festivities this week, all eyes (and minds) are on a bigger date: July 31.

With the (new, single) trade deadline just weeks away, clubs have just one chance to fix holes, add depth or re-make the future on the fly.

For the Yankees, another significant arm is needed to go from co-favorites in the American League to the true team to beat in October. For the Red Sox, help is needed just to grab a playoff berth and defend last year’s crown.

Need could lead both teams to the same players.

According to Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic, two arms on New York’s radar—Tigers lefty Matthew Boyd and Mets righty Zack Wheeler—are also on Boston’s radar.

The Mets will likely be finding a suitor for soon-to-be free agent Zack Wheeler this summer, but the asking price might be too high for Boston. The 29-year-old has posted a 4.42 ERA through 18 starts along with a 9.7 K/9. The Athletic’s Mets beat writer, Tim Britton, suggested the Red Sox as a home for Wheeler, but offered an asking price of surging outfield prospect Jarren Duran and right-hander Denyi Reyes.

If the Red Sox want to bolster the rotation for the future, they might look toward Detroit left-hander Matthew Boyd. The 28-year-old doesn’t hit free agency until 2022 but is having a career-best year with a 3.72 ERA and 11.4 K/9 through 17 starts. He has cooled off a bit in the month of June after posting a 2.85 ERA through the first two months of the season.

The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal noted that the Red Sox had scouts at Boyd’s start last week.

Best-case Yankees scenario: Boston bluffs at the asking price, and Wheeler or Boyd land in pinstripes.

Worst-case Yankees scenario: Red Sox president Dave Dombrowki acquires Boyd again (after landing him in Detroit for David Price in 2015), and the strikeout artist helps Boston take down the Yankees in the ALDS.

Joe Giglio may be reached at jgiglio@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JoeGiglioSports. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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