Realistically, there’s only two teams in baseball who have enough talent to make an offer on deGrom. Those teams are the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros.
The Yankees do really need a starting pitcher, and deGrom would really put them over the top, but with deGrom’s talent and contract, it’s impossible for the Yankees to get him cheap.
No deal would be done with the Yankees if Gleyber Torres isn’t involved as the center piece, and no offer should stop there either.
Of course, we already know that the Yankees would do know deal that involves Torres, even if it involves deGrom.
Beyond those two, the deal would need to include at the very least one of their prospect, ideally someone who is one of their top ten prospects.
On the other hand, if deGrom were to go to the Astros, a deal would require less star MLB players and more prospects and players who were just called up.
The Astros both do and don’t need another SP. They already have one of the best rotations in baseball, if not the best. But they probably won’t bring back Dallas Keuchel next season, who was just bad in 2018 and having deGrom pitch over him would make their rotation so much better.
Tucker recently made his debut and Whitley is still one of the best pitching prospects in baseball. According to MLB Pipeline, they are two of the ten best prospects in baseball. Beyond them, a deal for deGrom would need at least another good minor league prospect or two.
One ideal candidate to take the 3rd spot would be Myles Straw. He is the 20th best prospect in the Astros organization, but really he’s an incredible hitter and one of the fastest players in baseball.