I trust Brodie Van Wagenen about as far as I can throw him, which based on my little league career, would be about a foot in front of home plate if he weighed as much as a baseball.
When Van Wagenen says he does not intend to trade Noah Syndergaard this winter, I don’t really believe it. This is called leverage. You don’t make it known you have no intention of trading a player before the offseason officially kicks off. It’s not a smart move.
With that said, I still believe the odds are against the Mets trading Syndergaard. When it comes to trade talk, we often get into fantasy baseball mode. The most realistic shift to occur with the Mets’ starting rotation would have Zack Wheeler leave via free agency. To replace him, the team either moves Seth Lugo to the rotation or finds a free agent.
Syndergaard has been with the Mets for his whole big league career. Even after what was statistically the worst season of his career in 2019, many are hopeful he can figure things out in 2020.
Syndergaard’s sometimes outspoken personality, however, did cause a few fans to turn on him. His unhappiness with pitching to starting catcher Wilson Ramos is understandable but came out at an inappropriate time. In Thor’s defense, he didn’t go to the media with this—it happened to leak.
Other teams know enough about the man Syndergaard is and his performance on the field to have an idea if he would be a fit for them. I still believe even after some struggles he could fetch the Mets a fine return.
Among all of the Mets players on the roster, a deal involving Syndergaard would create the biggest headlines. He’s a larger than life personality and a guy who, despite the GM’s best attempts, will remain in trade rumors.