4) NY Mets trade for Noah Syndergaard
The biggest and freshest trade on this list was the one that took place in December of 2012. Only a few weeks after the Mets found out R.A. Dickey became one of the unlikeliest of Cy Young winners in MLB history, they shipped him off to the Toronto Blue Jays in a blockbuster trade. Four players went to the Mets. Three went to the Blue Jays. The most notable to land in New York was Noah Syndergaard.
At the time of the trade, Travis d’Arnaud was the bigger prospect. A player the Blue Jays had acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies in the Roy Halladay deal, it was the second time in his career he was traded for a Cy Young winner. Time would prove that Syndergaard was the better big leaguer—at least during his time with the Mets.
Syndergaard would go on to finish his time in New York with a 49-32 record and 3.30 ERA. He won a World Series game for them in 2015 and gave a valiant effort in the 2016 Wild Card matchup. Another pitcher, like Wheeler, whose full potential may have been untapped, Syndergaard’s time with the Mets ended with an absence from all of 2020 and only two innings in 2021.
Now with the Los Angeles Angels for the 2022 campaign, Thor is looking to get onto some top lists for their franchise.