With the trade deadline seemingly just right around the corner for the New York Mets, analyzing Noah Syndergaard’s true value is crucial.
The New York Mets may have a massive decision to make involving Noah Syndergaard. Trade rumors have surrounded the 26-year-old for multiple seasons now; but would the Mets actually agree to trade Thor?
According to reports, multiple teams have already begun reaching out to the Mets about a potential deal.
Multiple teams have reached out to Mets about Noah Syndergaard’s availability
— Bleacher Report MLB (@BR_MLB) July 10, 2019
Sources: #Padres have inquired to #Mets recently on the availability of Noah Syndergaard. San Diego, with a strong farm system, has been looking for veteran starter since the offseason. Updated story coming shortly to @MLB.com. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 10, 2019
The Mets would likely need a massive haul of prospects in-return for Syndergaard. The two-time all-star currently has two more years of control before reaching free agency. So there’s absolutely no rush for a trade to be made on the Mets side.
Ideally, the Mets still see Syndergaard as someone who can lead their starting rotation back to the playoffs. But, acquiring multiple top-level prospects would likely make the Mets consider trading Syndergaard.
The Brewers, Astors and Padres each have the capability to entice the Mets in sending Syndergaard to them. But what would a trade with any of those teams look like?
The Houston Astros have, arguably, the biggest need for Syndergaard among the teams mentioned above. They also have some very attractive prospects that the Mets would be very interested in acquiring.
Forrest Whitley would absolutely have to be included in this deal for it to even get off the ground. The 21-year-old hasn’t performed up to expectations through his eight appearances so far this season. But a full-season in triple-A should help put him back on track and pitching extremely dominant once again.
Kyle Tucker and Bryan Abreu could also be apart of the package that the Mets would receive. Tucker is currently ranked as the Astros second-best prospect next to Whitley. While Abreu isn’t projected to be a front-line starter, he still has the capability of becoming a quality mid-rotation starter or a reliable backend reliever.
While the Brewers don’t the same depth the Astros have involving quality pitching prospects, they do have some intriguing infield and outfield prospects.
Keston Hiura has already made an impact at the major-league level this season for the Brewers. The 22-year-old is currently hitting .257/.318/.475/.793 along with seven home runs and 12 RBI through 27 games this season. Hiura’s numbers show that he could instantly make an impact if acquired by the Mets.
Corey Ray, Aaron Ashby and Drew Rasmussen are all players that the Mets could acquire along with Hiura. Ray has the speed to become an everyday centerfielder in the major leagues. While Ray does have a tendency to strike out at a high rate, he has the potential to offset those numbers with his power tool to all fields.
Both Ashby and Rasmussen don’t currently project to develop into front-line starters. But, they do have the potential to strikeout batters at a high rate at the backend of the rotation. Rasmussen specifically could become more effective as a shutdown closer, because of the multiple TJ surgeries he’s already sustained in his career.
San Diego Padres
The Padres currently own the best minor-league system in the league, so they could likely put together the best package of prospects in exchange for Syndergaard.
MacKenzie Gore is a player most teams would dream about acquiring in a trade. The 20-year-old has been one most-dominant pitchers throughout the minor leagues since he was drafted in 2017. Gore is still a few seasons away from making his MLB-debut. But, he could instantly become one of the leaders in the league in SO/9 when he debuts.
Luis Patino and Buddy Reed could also be sent along with Gore in return for Syndergaard. Patino hasn’t gotten as near as much attention as Gore has so far. But, the 19-year-old has the potential to achieve similar results as Gore. Like Gore, Patino has also recorded eye-popping strikeout rates and could project into a No. 2 starter in a rotation behind Gore.
Reed would provide the Mets with an outfielder who could become their everyday centerfielder in a short period of time. The 24-year-old has the arm and range to play the majority of his career in centerfield. Reed could also develop into a hitter that can hit for not just average, but also power as well.