On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic named the Colorado Rockies as “a potential suitor” for the 26-year-old right-hander’s services.
“Infielder Brendan Rodgers likely would be untouchable,” Rosenthal wrote. “But the Rockies are deep in the type of young, major-league ready talent the Mets are seeking.”
Rodgers, 22, hit .268/.330/.460 with 17 homers, 27 doubles, 67 runs batted in and 12 stolen bases in 114 games (95 with Double-A Hartford; 19 with Triple-A Albuquerque). In four MiLB seasons, the true utility player (second, third, shortstop) has a .291/.346/.491 slash line.
On Wednesday, Mike Puma of the New York Post noted the “Padres, Reds, and Brewers are among the teams showing interest in Syndergaard.
“Depending on what the Mets were to find in a trade […] it would change the dynamic of how Van Wagenen approaches the remainder of the offseason,” Puma wrote, adding a catcher and a right-handed outfielder as potential target areas.
San Diego and Cincinnati are ranked first and sixth, respectively, in Fangraphs’ latest farm system rankings, with Milwaukee pulling up the rear at 22nd. With the need for MLB-ready cogs in any potential return for Syndergaard though, a deep farm system might not be enough to pry him away.