According to the NY Post, the New York Mets are willing to trade Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Will they actually do it?
Obviously, willingness is a broad word.
I’m willing to do a lot of things. I’m willing to take out the garbage, spend my Saturday cleaning up the house, and host a summit where all of the world’s leaders sign a peace treaty.
My action on these tasks, much like the apparent willingness from the Mets to trade their pitchers, has little merit. Until it actually happens, I’m only geared up to undertake these tasks.
Onto bigger things; do we believe the Mets are really ready to trade deGrom and/or Syndergaard? Opening up the door to possible trade negotiations is wise. It doesn’t, however, suggest anything more than an open mind.
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Just days ago, general manager Sandy Alderson said he doesn’t plan to sell major pieces at the trade deadline. I’m not so sure I believe him one-hundred percent.
However, I do think he’s logical enough to know trading either of the team’s star pitchers would set them back for a few years. Keeping them through 2018 and into next season allows them to regroup quickly. Dealing them away forces them into a rebuild at a time when they have too many bad contracts on the books.
By making it known that they are willing to trade deGrom and Syndergaard, the Metropolitans have put out some feelers around baseball. I believe this is a tactic to talk with teams about other trade possibilities. It also lets them know what the market looks like.
It’s not unusual for MLB teams to talk trade with everyone on the roster. In August, many teams put the entire roster on revocable waivers. When claimed, they often pull them back.
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The story of the summer in Flushing will center on whether the Mets sell off either of their aces. Until it actually happens, you can’t convince me that they will.