The New York Mets have reportedly targeted both the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres for a deal involving Noah Syndergaard.
It very much seems the New York Mets would like to deal righty Noah Syndergaard before the trade deadline. This week, Buster Olney of ESPN even reported that the Mets were “seriously listening” to offers for the veteran pitcher.
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
Now, it’s being reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post that the Mets have the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres as trade targets for Syndergaard. New York will definitely want a package from either team that includes a starting pitcher.
One interested team noted, per Sherman, that if the Mets “get what they want, I think they will do this. One thing is clear: They are not rebuilding with or without Syndergaard. The Mets only do this if they think it is a way to be more competitive next year by getting more depth or more prospect collateral. This would not be a pure prospect trade.”
For one thing, it wouldn’t be the greatest move to do business with a division rival, especially when it involves trading a pitcher such as Syndergaard. That’s why Sherman believes the Mets may be talking to Atlanta in order to “push” San Diego towards making an offer that suits New York’s needs.
Another organization that’s been tied to Syndergaard as far as trade talks are concerned are the New York Yankees. Although, it’s another team that the Mets would be reluctant to shipping Syndergaard to.
Syndergaard is 7-5 on the year with a 4.33 ERA and a 1.263 WHIP through 20 starts (126.2 innings pitched).
New York will have until the end of this month to finalize a deal that ultimately says “goodbye” to Thor. The MLB trade deadline lands on July 31.