Mets Trade Rumors: Astros interested in bringing Noah Syndergaard to Texas
By Tim Boyle
New York Mets trade rumors don’t take a break during the All-Star week. According to the latest rumblings, the Houston Astros are intrigued by Noah Syndergaard.
A new team has entered the competition to acquire one of the starting pitchers in Flushing. According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the latest New York Mets trade rumors have connected Noah Syndergaard to the Houston Astros.
The 2017 MLB champions as “intrigued” by Syndergaard. The team that always seems to get the starting pitcher they want, even at a high cost, looks like a serious contender to potentially pry Syndergaard away. Of course, the Mets must first entertain offers for Thor.
Based on past Mets trade rumors this summer, there doesn’t seem to be any immediate need to deal Syndergaard. This is the first taste hint of anything brewing. And at this stage, I wouldn’t bank on the organization making such a big turn and selling one of their most prized possessions.
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Over the winter, the story was much different. Syndergaard headlined all of the Mets trade rumors. Teams like the San Diego Padres have shown interest in him since last summer’s collapse. No deal ever got done, likely because none of those other squads were willing to pay the steep price. In what will statistically be Syndergaard’s worst year, many may hope there’s a bargain available.
The Mets are in a position to possibly sell more than just their pending free agents. Zack Wheeler is the top name we should see in another uniform by August.
Per Morosi, the Milwaukee Brewers are currently monitoring Wheeler and Syndergaard. As a smaller market team without a championship in their history, you have to believe there’s a little desperation there as well.
Syndergaard and Houston sound like a deadly combination. A Texas native, he would return to his home state and sign up to pitch alongside Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander. They, and other pitchers in recent seasons, have been reborn in an Astros’ uniform. We’ve witnessed first-hand how Syndergaard seems to fall short of expectations. Houston looks like the place he could legitimately become the ace we’ve always thought he could be.
Just because the Astros are in the American League doesn’t mean they get any discount in a deal. At the bare minimum, it’s going to require they give up a major league-ready player.
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As Morosi notes, there’s pressure for Brodie Van Wagenen to win a Syndergaard deal. Because of this, I expect these Mets trade rumors involving Thor to stay as whispery gossip and not have much action.