John Harper of the New York Daily News suggests that the New York Mets should consider trading one or both of Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom if they continue their downward spiral of the 2018 season.
The Mets are currently in fourth place with only the lowly Miami Marlins below them. They have gone just 9-18 after starting the season 11-1 and haven’t won back-to-back games in five weeks.
Both the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, the two best teams currently in the National League, have arrived earlier than expected and likely aren’t going anywhere with the amount of young talent they possess.
The Mets average age for offensive players this season is 29.3, the second oldest in the National League while the Phillies 26.5 age is the youngest and Braves come in fifth at 27.9. The Phillies pitching staff (26.9 years old) is the second youngest, Braves (28.0) tied for fifth while the Mets (28.2) is seventh.
To make matters worse for the Mets in the long-term is the fact that Baseball America ranked their farm system 27th in baseball before the season (likely closer to 20th now though obviously still not top tier).
The Braves farm system was ranked first and the Phillies sixth according to BA before the season started.
“The needle is pointing way up for them. You can’t say that about the Mets, ” a major league executive told Harper when discussing the Phillies and Braves compared to the Mets future.
Right now the Mets are only 3.5 games out of a wild card spot and 4.5 games from the division lead meaning the nose dive would have to continue pretty strong for them to consider trading their two best pitchers.
Having said that, deGrom is under team control through the 2020 season and Syndergaard the 2021, and would be in high demand if the Mets were to make them available.
The Mets could always extend one or both of the pitchers if they still think contending is in the cards over the next few seasons. They’ve had discussions in the past would deGrom though to no result obviously.