Trading Syndergaard Now Would Be Counterproductive

The biggest news surrounding the Mets the last several days has obviously been the mega deal proposed to bring Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from Seattle to Queens.

However, through all those reports and speculation, there have been many rumors surrounding Mets’ pitcher, Noah Syndergaard.

It’s been polarizing, from some beat writers saying that he will likely be the next domino to fall, to reports from today by Mike Puma saying the Mets would have to be blown away to trade him away.

But before we get into Syndergaard, it’s important to talk about Cano and Diaz.

New Mets’ general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said during his introductory press conference that the Mets would win now. Bringing in Cano and Diaz buys into that philosophy. Especially when you consider the Mets are likely parting with top prospects Jarred Kelenic and Justin Dunn in the proposed deal.

If you do that, there’s no going back and this can’t be a half-ass rebuild. If you are trading Kelenic and Dunn from a system that before the trade is middle of the pack, you have to go all in.

It’s refreshing to hear that if Diaz is acquired, Van Wagenen would like to complement him at the back end of the bullpen with someone like Andrew Miller or David Robertson. It was also nice to read earlier today that New York is targeting Wilson Ramos and perhaps A.J. Pollock as well. If those deals come to fruition, you have a good team on paper going into 2019.

But, in that scenario, if you’re adding all those pieces, why would you trade Syndergaard?

New York’s starting pitching is their strength. Jacob deGrom captured the Cy Young award this year, Zack Wheeler matched deGrom tit for tat in the second leg of the season, and Steven Matz proved he could be a good mid-rotation guy.

As for Syndergaard, yes he has been injured the last couple seasons, but at age 26 with the repertoire he has and the team control he has, trading him would be detrimental to the team, not beneficial at this point.

For one, since he has been injured, New York wouldn’t be selling him at the top of his game. If he was coming off a deGrom-esque year, it could make more sense, but he isn’t.

Even still, he could still net the Mets a haul, albeit one of prospects most likely.

But if you’re giving up big prospects for Cano and Diaz, why would you turn around and trade Syndergaard for prospects in a year where you are supposed to be going for it all?

Again, this shouldn’t be a half-ass attempt to make the World Series. If Brodie really wants to go for it, he will keep Syndergaard and not trade him this winter.

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Rob Piersall is a fourth-year student at SUNY New Paltz, studying journalism with a minor in communications. He is also the managing editor for his school's newspaper, The Oracle. A Mets fan since the age of six in 2001, Rob is senior editor here at MMO. His favorite thing is reporting breaking Mets news and transactions as well as writing columns. He is also ready to see what Mickey Callaway brings to the table in 2018. LGM! Follow Rob on Twitter: @RobPiersall.