According to recent New York Mets trade rumors, the San Diego Padres are once again heavily interested in acquiring Noah Syndergaard. Should the Mets entertain the idea?
Over the summer, when the New York Mets were possibly shopping starting pitchers, the San Diego Padres had rumored interest in Noah Syndergaard. Recent Mets trade rumors have suggested a sequel to those from this past July.
According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Padres are expected to get a little more aggressive in an attempt to acquire Thor. Now that it’s the offseason, it makes a whole lot more sense. After all, they are tied for first place at the moment with a 0-0 record.
From a Padres standpoint, this would greatly benefit them. They have consistently employed some of the worst starting pitching staffs in recent years.
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Meanwhile, in New York, it’s not as much of a favorable deal. Anything I can imagine the Padres would give up for Syndergaard is still in the minor leagues. Their pursuit of big league talent would likely include selling several members of their esteemed farm system. If the Mets really plan to contend in 2019, this is not the kind of swap to make.
I don’t think trading Syndergaard is a good plan for the Mets. His strong finish suggests he could have a career-year in 2019. This would require him to do something he hasn’t done much of–stay healthy.
As far as Mets trade rumors go, I expect Syndergaard’s name to be included in many this winter. Alongside Zack Wheeler, he’s the most tradable piece they have with any value. The Mets wouldn’t dare trade Jacob deGrom after winning the Cy Young. Even though they did so with R.A. Dickey, he was not deGrom.
Where Syndergaard does make sense for the Padres, Wheeler doesn’t. His one year of control remaining means any team who acquires him should expect to make a run at a championship as soon as next year. The Padres would be wise to have a plan to do so in two or three years. Perhaps Steven Matz is even an option.
This shouldn’t be the last of the Mets trade rumors to mention Syndergaard. Other teams, like the Cincinnati Reds, would be wise to inquire about him.
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Ultimately, I don’t see Brodie Van Wagenen trading a former client of his without it looking like the Mets clearly won the trade. When Syndergaard is involved, I’m not sure there are many deals where this is the result.