The New York Mets likely won’t deal Steven Matz or Noah Syndergaard unless they’re completely overwhelmed by an offer.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, although both Matz and Syndergaard are hot commodities as the MLB trade deadline nears, Brodie Van Wagenen “would likely have to be overwhelmed by a trade proposal” to deal either starter.
Prior to the 2019 season, Syndergaard’s name has been long-rumored in any deal. Jacob deGrom’s name, prior to the mega-deal, was also in the mix. The natural stack of names in the rotation makes the notion of starters for sale quite obvious.
Zack Wheeler remains the lone name who hasn’t been completely shot down by the organization.
Matz, 28, has never matched the high-point of his big-league debut. The moment his grandfather leaped out of his Citi Field seat after the lefty collected a hit at the dish remains Matz’s fondest.
In 16 games started this season, Matz is pitching to a 4.89 ERA and 1.481 WHIP to go along with 78 strikeouts in 81 innings. The most surprising aspect to Matz’s campaign is that he’s remained completely healthy (something he’s always failed to do), yet he’s not producing on the rubber.
Syndergaard, 26, is still the man the kids call Thor. As electric as they come on the mound, and off the field, the power righty is also strolling through a subpar season.
In 17 games started, Syndergaard’s pitched to a 4.68 ERA and 1.278 WHIP with 101 strikeouts in 105.2 innings. The fact that deGrom, Wheeler, Syndergaard, Matz have all remained healthy and the Mets find themselves 10 games under .500 defies logic.
The Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros and San Diego Padres have all shown prior interest in the most powerful Avenger.