Talks of a potential Noah Syndergaard trade have continued to slowly heat up, as the New York Mets are reportedly open to trading the 26-year-old in they can fill multiple major league holes.
As reported by Jon Heyman of FanCred Sports last week, six teams have shown interest in acquiring Syndergaard.
According to Joel Sherman of New York Post, two of these teams are the Padres and the Reds, and he also says to watch out for the Rays as a possibility.
The Padres in particular have been widely talked about regarding a Syndergaard trade due to the wealth of young talent in their farm system. In a recent MMO article, Jack Ramsey looked at who the Padres could offer in a package.
The Reds also have a good amount of young talent they could trade for Syndergaard, and a potential package would likely have be headlined by third base prospect Nick Senzel.
The Rays, who Sherman also mentioned, have built a deep system, although most of their top prospects are a bit further from the Majors. Still, they have the creativity, depth, and talent to get a deal done.
Sherman also notes that the Mets would want the package to include MLB-ready talent to improve their 2019 roster as well as prospects to improve their system, and that they would then want to sign a free agent starter such as J.A. Happ or Nathan Eovaldi.
However, that is much easier said than done. Having only made 32 starts over the last two seasons, and with only one qualified season under his belt, Syndergaard’s trade value is not at its peak right now. Thus, it will be harder to find a team that is willing to satisfy the Mets’ desires in a deal. Plus, trading Syndergaard would be risky, since it would be opening up a hole in a rotation that already has Jason Vargas penciled in as the fifth starter.
Nonetheless, the possibility of a Syndergaard trade remains real as new Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen looks for creative ways to improve the Mets in short and long-term.
As of Mondy, Sherman put the chances of a trade at 45 percent. As a team that is supposedly looking to compete in 2019, it will be interesting to see if these talks go any further.