18) Pittsburgh Pirates
I don’t put the Pittsburgh Pirates in the rebuilding group because they’re not in this phase. Instead, they’re stuck in limbo.
The Pirates could benefit from adding Syndergaard, of course. However, after getting burned in the trade for Chris Archer, I think they’re more apt to stay away from any similar trades until they’re actually in a position to win some games.
17) Cleveland Indians
Sure, the Cleveland Indians could go after Syndergaard. But why would they? Starting pitching is the one weapon they do have. In fact, they had so much of it in 2019, they were able to trade Trevor Bauer to the Cincinnati Reds.
The Indians are pennywise and probably not about to give up assets for a short-term starting pitcher option. If they were unwilling to pay Bauer, I don’t think Syndergaard is someone they have eyes for.
16) Arizona Diamondbacks
Nothing makes me believe the Arizona Diamondbacks actually have much interest in competing in 2020. They lucked into the National League Wild Card race this past season despite trading Paul Goldschmidt over the winter and Zack Greinke at the trade deadline.
Until they actually add talent instead of subtracting it, I don’t see them showing much interest in Syndergaard.
15) Chicago Cubs
It’s not outrageous to believe the Chicago Cubs could go after Syndergaard. However, the Mets and Cubs rarely make trades and any deal between these two clubs must end up as a blockbuster deal.
I don’t see it happening in a year where both teams should plan to compete.
14) Los Angeles Angels
The Los Angeles Angels are right in the middle of the pack because that’s where they usually find themselves.
Do they need Syndergaard? Absolutely. Should we expect them to pursue him? Nah.