The New York Mets are reportedly considering trading Noah Syndergaard while extending Zack Wheeler’s current contract.
There have been numerous reports this week regarding what the New York Mets may do prior to the July 31 deadline. However, the latest report may be surprising to fans.
An option #Mets are exploring, per sources: Trading Syndergaard and signing Wheeler to an extension. NYM would benefit from return for Syndergaard while keeping Wheeler, a quality starting pitcher who otherwise would depart in free agency. @TheAthleticMLB
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 25, 2019
Syndergaard is under team control through the 2021 season. Wheeler, on the other hand, is set to have his current contract expire at the end of 2019.
The Mets would want to receive a big haul in exchange for Thor. He’s been one of their more successful pitchers over the last few years, having been named to the 2016 All-Star game.
Syndergaard so far this year is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.263 WHIP through 20 starts (126.2 innings pitched).
If the Mets ended up dealing Wheeler, he would most likely only become a rental for whichever team he’d end up pitching for. The reason for the Mets possibly not looking to trade him anymore is the fact that his trade value has decreased as of late. New York placed Wheeler on the 10-day injured list on July 12 with shoulder fatigue.
Wheeler won’t take the mound until Friday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, giving him only one more start prior to the deadline. He hasn’t pitched since July 7.
Thus far in 2019, Wheeler is posting a record of 6-6 with an ERA of 4.69 and a WHIP of 1.277 through 19 starts (119.0 innings pitched).