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Mets Offseason: Ranking every team’s chances at acquiring Noah Syndergaard

DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 18: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 18: Starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets throws in the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on September 18, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field on July 28, 2015 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Mets defetaed the Padres 4-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

5) Los Angeles Dodgers

As doubtful as I am to see the Mets make a deal like this with the Los Angeles Dodgers, how can they not try to get the best return possible? The Dodgers have big leaguers and minor leaguers the Mets should want.

The Dodgers aren’t afraid to make bold moves. A trade with the Mets for Syndergaard is one of the boldest they can undertake this winter.

4) Houston Astros

Over the summer, the Houston Astros were rumored to have interest in Syndergaard and fellow Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler. No deal ever took place, but this winter could have a different ending.

With the potential loss of Gerrit Cole to free agency, the Astros may need to add a top-level starting pitcher. The only way they let Cole walk away is for financial reasons. Ergo, adding a more affordable arm like Syndergaard could make plenty of sense.

3) Tampa Bay Rays

The Tampa Bay Rays always manage to stay competitive even when they’re not spending big bucks. When it comes to trades, they often seem ahead of the curve.

Although this team has gotten by with lots of young, homegrown starters, it’s a good idea they plan to acquire some established arms as well.

2) Boston Red Sox

After a disappointing 2019, the Boston Red Sox will need some big changes this winter to get the fans to buy back in. Already linked to the Mets in trade rumors over the last 365 days, there is a clear match with their need for a starting pitcher upgrade and the outfield surplus they have on the roster.

One name floated around in Boston is Andrew Benintendi. Benny Biceps could help fill the center field void in Flushing. Mets fans can dream about an even bigger deal involving Mookie Betts. However, his pending free agency after 2020 may scare them and others away from adding the 2018 AL MVP.

1) San Diego Padres

Nobody has tried harder and for a longer period of time to acquire Syndergaard than the San Diego Padres. For this reason, plus the amount of young talent they have, they are my favorite to acquire him this winter.

Even before they signed Manny Machado, Syndergaard was on the Padres’ radar. He’s a great match for a team on the rise and despite their poor 2019 record, they do look like an organization going places.

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