Syndergaard, 25, has pitched to a 2.89 ERA through 13 starts this season. He missed nearly two months with a strained ligament in his right index finger, returning last Friday against the Yankees.
The 30-year-old right-hander is having a Cy Young Award-caliber season. DeGrom currently leads all of baseball with a 1.71 ERA and is tied for second in MLB with Trevor Bauer of the Indians with a 2.27 FIP (Boston’s Chris Sale leads with a 2.11 FIP).
Sherman notes that “despite current non-contention, (San Diego) would consider a starter with multiple years to free agency”, adding that Syndergaard and deGrom would both fall under that umbrella.
Jacob deGrom (making $7.4 million in 2018) has two years of arbitration eligibility left after this season and Syndergaard ($2.975 million in 2018) has three.
With the amount of young talent scattered throughout San Diego’s minor league system (nine prospects listed in Fangraphs Top 131 and ten in MLB Pipeline‘s rankings), one can only assume that the Mets are, at the very least, listening to what Padres general manager AJ Preller has to say.
To Sherman, Preller mused about when the right time is to make as big a splash as landing Syndergaard or deGrom would make.
“The question we have moving forward is, when do we cash in on our [prospect] depth and add to our major league team?”, he said. “We have multiple prospects in different spots. We have to figure out the right guy to bite down on.”
Fun choice of phrasing considering it’s Shark Week.