The New York Mets appear to be exploring all options and are reportedly considering using Noah Syndergaard to acquire Marcus Stroman.
However, a new report from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic indicates that the Mets are considering an outside-the-box idea with Syndergaard.
“One of many scenarios Mets are exploring, per sources: Syndergaard to Padres, then using some of return to land Marcus Stroman from Blue Jays,” wrote Rosenthal. “Not known which players would go from SD to NYM if deal occurred. RHP Cal Quantrill, a Canadian native, would be logical target for TOR.”
This would be a strange move for the Mets. Although Stroman (2.96 ERA) has had a much better 2019, Syndergaard (4.33 ERA) is still the more valuable pitcher.
For one, Syndergaard is under control through 2021, one year longer than Stroman. Additionally, Syndergaard’s 3.64 FIP is comparable to Stroman’s 3.52.
Although you can’t fault general manager Brodie Van Wagenen for trying to be creative, this move would be a head-scratcher. Too often the Mets are caught in the middle. Are they trying to contend for a championship or take a step back and reload the farm system?
According to Baseball America, the Mets’ farm system is ranked 26th in baseball. While the Mets have a wealth of young talent on the Major League roster, the rest of the cupboard is bare.
Syndergaard is scheduled to pitch on Tuesday, July 30, just one day prior to the hard trade deadline.