It wasn't that long ago that Noah Syndergaard and Amed Rosario were considered centerpieces of the future of the New York Mets. Just a few years later the two have now been traded for each other, with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Guardians offloading their struggling player and hoping to save the season of the other.
This move was met with a lot of confusion from MLB fans across social media, as one for one trades involving players of this caliber are more rare. In this instance of two teams swapping former Mets having awful seasons, which team will come out on top?
In a deal of two ex-Mets, the Dodgers will get more out of Amed Rosario than the Guardians will get from Noah Syndergaard this season
The former top prospect in baseball back in 2017, Rosario was seen as the future of the Mets before being shipped to Cleveland in the Francisco Lindor trade. His time in Cleveland has gotten worse as the seasons have gone on, posting an atrocious .675 OPS this season alongside being one of the leagues worst defenders. He is an upcoming free agent, the Guardians clearly had no interest in resigning him.
On the other side, "Thor" has had a nightmare season himself. The former All Star with the Mets owns a 7.12 ERA, giving up 44 runs in just 55 innings. Just a year removed from being traded at last years deadline, Syndergaard now finds himself on yet another team hoping they can bring him back to form.
Which team will come out on top in this deal? Right now, the Dodgers seem to have the advantage. They have had a major hole at shortstop all season, and while Rosario has been a disappointment, he still represents an upgrade over Miguel Vargas. Even if his defense is too poor to play every day, his .303 average vs left handed pitching gives the Dodgers a great platoon option for the playoffs.
The Guardians, who need starting pitching due to injuries, should've been able to get better than Syndergaard in return for Rosario. He hasn't had an ERA below 3.50 since 2018, with the Tommy John surgery halting all progression on his once promising career. The Dodgers have gained a reputation as a place where veteran pitchers rediscover their form, and even they couldn't save him.
Both fanbases appear happy to get rid of their respective former Mets, and both Amed Rosario and Noah Syndergaard fill positions of need with their new franchises. However, Rosario appears to have a bit more in the tank at just 27, whereas it appears Thor is approaching the end of his career.