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Mets rumors: No need to choose between Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 04: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at Citi Field on June 04, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)
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Recent New York Mets rumors claim there’s a possibility we could see the team sign Zack Wheeler to an extension and trade Noah Syndergaard. Why rush things and not keep both?

On Thursday, we learned about the ultimate plot twist to the New York Mets rumors season. While we’ve been fixated on where Zack Wheeler may get dealt, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal was the first to report of an alternative Mets rumors option with some added information to it. According to Rosenthal, the Mets have explored the possibility of extending Wheeler and trading Noah Syndergaard before next week’s July 31 trade deadline.

The news was a bit of a shock just one sleep after Syndergaard delivered a disappointing start for the Metropolitans Wednesday night. It’s a first-quarter Hail Mary by Brodie Van Wagenen in an attempt to get back some young MLB-ready talent. The thing is, Syndergaard is young and in Major League Baseball right now. Why make the move?

Needless to say, rumors are far different than any actual action. This has been the case plenty with Mets rumors. There’s no team linked to the Mets in an actual deal nor any indication the team would offer Wheeler an extension he believes he’s worth.

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Like most trade rumors, it’s no different than a weatherman saying it may snow. Of course it may. It either will or it won’t.

I’m ready to move on from Wheeler. I’m willing to keep him, offer him the qualifying offer, and then taking him back when he doesn’t get the desired deal from somewhere else. It’s definitely a risk. Because there’s no guarantee he does return to the Mets He’s far more replaceable than some people make him out to be. The Mets just have to be smart in doing so.

The same isn’t true for Syndergaard. Even in his current “down year,” there are far more positives. You know them already. And likely, if you are ready to trade Syndergaard, it’s because you believe the return for him would be something pretty sweet.

But what can we realistically believe this team can get back? A team in a pennant race isn’t going to surrender anything more than surplus talent. The Mets scouting department is going to need to select the right players to win this deal. If they do, it’s probably going to take more years to reap the rewards.

A Syndergaard trade would look much different from other deals the Mets have made at recent trade deadlines. Due to this, they need to look at acquiring quality far more than quantity.

My biggest takeaway from these Mets rumors is that the team may put themselves in a position to choose one over the other. It’s not necessary at the moment. This is a change you make in the offseason.

The difference between now and after the playoffs is you can swap a Major League player for others already here. In a nanosecond, the Mets should highly consider trading Syndergaard for a position player of equal value. In July, they will not have those same options available.

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On a day where Jacob deGrom beat up the San Diego Padres batters all afternoon, the headline story was about which starters will stick with him for the rest of the year and beyond. Based on the latest information, it sounds like the baseball team in Flushing is open-minded about all options. Let’s just hope they don’t do anything stupid.

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