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Mets: Smaller market contenders who could trade for Noah Syndergaard this week

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 24: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on May 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 24: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Citi Field on May 24, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JULY 21: Josh Phegley #19 of the Oakland Athletics celebrates hitting a two-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the fifth inning of the game on July 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Athletics 7-6. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Oakland Athletics

Maybe the best example of a “small budget” team in baseball, the Oakland Athletics are again performing better than many expected. They’re doing it without elite starting pitching, too. This could change if this week they go after a guy like Syndergaard.

In competitive years, the Athletics have not been shy about making a bold move at the trade deadline. Several years ago, they even went as far as to trade Yoenis Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox in a deal which helped land them Jon Lester. I would hope they learned their lesson from this deal. A trade with the Mets for Syndergaard would probably include some prospects instead.

The Athletics don’t have as many near-big-league-ready outfielders as other teams, but they do have some intriguing pitchers they could flip. Jesus Luzardo and A.J. Puk are an attractive pair of southpaws they could dangle out there and get plenty of nibbles on.

If it’s a position player the Mets desire, outfielder Lazaro Armenteros is someone to consider. He bats right-handed and has shown the ability to hit for power and put his speed to the test. However, strikeouts have been a major problem. In his first 417 plate appearances in High-A Ball, he has already gone down on strikes 173 times.

Holy, Mark Reynolds!

I would be cautious about making a trade for a guy with such a huge hole in his game. Preferably, I would like to see the Mets focus on someone who is a little closer to the major leagues anyway.

Syndergaard makes a lot of sense for Oakland because of his arbitration eligibility and age. He’s a small market baseball team’s dream and even if Oakland isn’t the smallest city with a major league team, it certainly spends like they are.

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