The latest New York Mets trade rumors suggest the team will be unwilling to deal Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz unless they are “overwhelmed” by the return.
A new day means a new round of New York Mets trade rumors to read about. The latest from Mike Puma of the New York Post gives us a glimpse at what the team’s plans are for Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz.
According to Puma, the Mets would need to be “overwhelmed” to move either controllable starter. Both have a pair of years left of arbitration eligibility. With Jason Vargas and Zack Wheeler on expiring contracts this year, it makes sense to plan to keep these two for another season.
Syndergaard has been the subject of many Mets trade rumors in the last week. We’ve heard rumblings of interest from the Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, and San Diego Padres among other teams. The New York Yankees have also shown interest with all four teams plus others also reportedly discussing a deal for Wheeler.
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Seeing Matz’s name appear in Mets trade rumors is brand new. The underachieving lefty is 5-6 with a 4.89 ERA this season. Since his late 2015 debut, he has put up some rather mediocre numbers. Now at 28-years-old, it’s pretty obvious what he is—a back of the rotation arm.
Still, teams need starters like Matz. Clearly not one to become an ace at this stage, the Mets’ interest in holding onto him is likely from the need to fill out the rotation for 2020.
Next year, the Mets will probably go to battle with Jacob deGrom as the rotation’s anchor. Syndergaard and Matz will fill two other spots. If we’re lucky, we see the Mets pick up another arm in free agency or via trade. I’m not holding my breath, though. More likely, whoever this winter’s version of Vargas from two years ago will join them.
Interest in Matz is likely not too high considering how rough he has been on the mound this year. Averaging two home runs per nine frames, this is a year where he is getting absolutely obliterated. It didn’t start out this way either. Until recently, he was one of the team’s most consistent starters all year long.
Mets trade rumors involving the starting pitchers have headlined many blogs over the last several weeks. As they have done for over a year now, the organization is playing a cat and mouse game with those starters.
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The “will they or won’t they” storyline is continuous. Considering Syndergaard and Matz have each pitched poorly this year, I would imagine the overwhelming haul this team desires for either isn’t coming anytime soon.