One of the latest New York Mets rumors suggests the San Diego Padres could pursue a trade for Noah Syndergaard this winter.
According to James Wagner of the New York Times, Thor already has a suitor. The prospect-deep San Diego Padres may be ready to contend again soon. As such, an offseason pursuit of Syndergaard may headline their offseason.
The Padres took a big step toward become relevant this offseason when they broke the bank to sign free agent Eric Hosmer. They didn’t do much else to supplement the move. However, the Brad Hand deal which landed them top 20 prospect Francisco Mejia does suggest they are willing to get younger but not delay a winning season for too long. Mejia is the kind of prospect who should have an impact in MLB very soon.
San Diego looks like a great match in a trade with the Mets. Syndergaard would make more sense than deGrom. They need more controllable starting pitchers. As someone still in his mid-20s, Syndergaard fits the bill. He may even receive an extension soon after joining them as they will clear out of many of their salary mistakes from recent years.
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The last time the Padres went after a championship was back in 2015. Their offseason included some major acquisitions. They traded for Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, and Justin Upton to name a few. They also signed “Big Game” James Shields who oddly enough hasn’t pitched in a big game since.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about how it would make more sense for the Mets to trade deGrom over the winter. This is exactly why.
The Padres aren’t a team that needs to make any deal in the regular season. They’re losing right now which means selling at the trade deadline.
In the offseason, all 30 teams are in a situation to build up rather than down. As a team with a plethora of minor league talent, they could certainly outbid anyone else in baseball in a potential Syndergaard deal.
As for whether or not the Mets should complete such a trade, it all depends on how much the Padres would give up.
Per MLB.com, they have 10 prospects in the top 100. For those who skipped math class, that makes up 10% of the best prospects in baseball. They could easily move two of those guys for Syndergaard and not miss a beat.
Given this, among all of the Mets rumors we hear, this sounds like one of the more positive ones.
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The Mets need to remain open for whatever trade proposal teams are willing to offer. A Thor deal is tough to swallow, but if it brings back multiple players with bright futures, how can they not?