The New York Mets are “seriously listening” to offers for right-hander Noah Syndergaard ahead of the trade deadline, per a report.
On Wednesday, it was reported that the New York Mets and Yankees were both “highly skeptical” of a trade possibility involving Mets righty Noah Syndergaard. The trade could include numerous Yankees prospects, such as pitcher Deivi Garcia.
Now it’s being reported by Buster Olney of ESPN that the Mets are actually listening heavily to offers for Syndergaard.
About the Mets: If they trade Syndergaard — and they are seriously listening — then they should move Diaz as well, and try to do the sort of re-set and focus on young players that would've made sense last winter.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 24, 2019
Syndergaard is under team control through the 2021 season.
Thus far in 2019, Syndergaard is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and 126 strikeouts through 20 starts (126.2 innings pitched).
The Mets reportedly are also willing to trade closer Edwin Diaz prior to the July 31 trade deadline.
Another Mets starting pitcher whose name has been tied to multiple trade possibilities has been right-hander Zack Wheeler. The veteran could very well not be a Met by the time August rolls around.
However, Wheeler was recently placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder fatigue. He hasn’t pitched since July 7 and probably won’t pitch until this Friday. That being said, his trade value has most likely decreased, but it doesn’t rule out the possibility of a trade involving Wheeler as a whole.
Wheeler is 6-6 with a 4.69 ERA and a 1.277 WHIP through 19 starts (119.0 innings pitched) this season.
As the deadline approaches, the Mets will do what they can to improve the bullpen through possible trades. The bullpen is arguably the biggest issue in what has been an overall disappointing season. New York’s relievers are 28th in the majors with a combined 5.26 ERA.