The Mets are receiving significant trade interest in Noah Syndergaard, SNY's Andy Martino reported on Friday, adding that a potential Syndergaard trade this offseason is "a real possibility."
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Sunday that the Mets' "end game" in a Syndergaard trade would not necessarily be simply acquiring high-end prospects, of which the interested Padres have many.
Rosenthal notes that while a Syndergaard trade could include prospects coming back to the Mets, the team would also be open to acquiring major leaguers in the deal -- or trading some of the prospects acquired for a major league piece that can help in 2019.
Syndergaard, 26, is projected to earn $5.9 million via arbitration for 2019, and is eligible for arbitration again in 2020 and 2021 before being eligible for free agency.
While Syndergaard is available, Jacob deGrom is almost certainly not, as the Mets are looking to extend him long-term.
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On its face, the idea that a team trying to contend in 2019 would trade a 26-year-old ace-level pitcher who won't be a free agent until 2021 is crazy.
But if the Mets aren't going to be in on the Manny Machado's and Bryce Harper's of the world via free agency, their best shot to get a potential impact bat (and more) right now could be dealing Syndergaard.
If the Mets do deal Syndergaard, though, they would need to do it while also replacing him in the rotation with another high-end pitcher -- likely via free agency. And if they made that series of moves, it's fair to believe they'll be better off.
Look at it this way...
Would you rather have just Syndergaard for the next three seasons or have one of Nathan Eovaldi or Dallas Keuchel for the next three seasons plus the high-end piece or pieces Syndergaard would bring back via trade?
Syndergaard will have immense value on the trading block, meaning the Mets would likely be able to acquire a team's top prospect, another prospect in that team's top five or so, and more. And as much as it would hurt to lose Syndergaard, trading him as the first of multiple moves could put the Mets in better position in 2019 and beyond.