NEW YORK – In the summer of 2016, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he "called everyone" about the availability of his two best enthusiasts, Aroldis Chapman and Andrew Miller.

This included the Red Sox and Mets.

"The only way you fit together" It's rivalry to choose and the other wants to fight another day, "said Cashman on Friday.

When the Yankees were ready, Boston in a three On the line, Cashman had just finished a conversation with Red Sox counterpart Dave Dombrowski.

Now, Dombrowski may be the only person in the game that Cashman will not hold any trade talks with.

But, you bet "Cashman has kept in close touch with the fading Mets."

"If there is anything to improve our club, obviously our stated preference is clearly pitching and reinforcing and verifying it improve, "said Cashman.

And if the Mets are ready to make a deal Jacob de Grom or Noah Syndergaard, the Yankees will be talking at every step of the conversation.

Cashman, who explained his recent conversations with the Mets in general, mentioned his longstanding friendship with special assistant Omar Minaya.

"I was already engaged to Omar, expressing our interest and leaving it to Sandy (Alderson)," Cashman said of the GM's Met.

"Sandy called me then … (and we did) one Entertainment before Sandy had to step down because of his illness, so I've been texting with Sandy ever since, wishing him well and a speedy recovery, and then I had a follow-up interview with Omar. & # 39; [19659017] 14 Bronx, NY; New York Yankees Second ” width=”540″ height=”405″ data-mycapture-src=”” data-mycapture-sm-src=””/>

June 14, 2018; Bronx, NY; New York Giantsber Torres (25) celebrates his comeback after a 3-run run against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium [Photo: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports]