James Wagner of The New York Times gave some insight today as to the level of interest the New York Mets are getting in some of their likely to be moved commodities, as well as a few of their more valuable trade chips.
Wagner reinforced the likelihood that closer Jeurys Familia and second baseman Asdrubal Cabrera will be moved, as well as the clear interest that Zack Wheeler has been receiving from teams in need of middle-rotation hurlers.
But the meat and potatoes of this series of tweets had to do with Mets’ starters Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. Syndergaard, 25, has three years of arbitration eligibility left after this season and deGrom, 30, has two years of eligibility after 2018.
Syndergaard has pitched to a 2.97 earned-run average this season with a 129 ERA+, a 2.63 fielding independent pitching rating, and 10.2 strikeouts per nine innings. He missed nearly two months with a strained ligament in his right index finger but has since returned to action.
Jacob deGrom, on the other hand, is having a career year with his MLB-leading 1.68 earned-run average, also best-in-baseball 228 ERA+ and 2.32 FIP, and a stellar 10.9 strikeouts per nine.
Naturally, it would take a king’s ransom to entice the Mets to trade either of their top-two pitchers. As Wagner notes, the team is looking for “close to the majors and/or MLB players” in return.
One of the teams that he lists (among others) that have shown interest in Syndergaard specifically is the San Diego Padres. Fangraphs released their Top 131 prospect rankings in June and there were nine Padres minor leaguers found among that list.
Whether the Mets receive a considerable enough offer to actually move Syndergaard or deGrom remains to be seen, but there are certainly some suitable suitors out there.