The July 31 trade deadline is close, and there is increasing chatter that Noah Syndergaard could be on the move. Here is the latest...
July 31, 12:11 PM:
While attempting to trade for Syndergaard, the Padres offered the Mets four players -- including major league pieces -- but it wasn't enough, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
Syndergaard has been removed from the trading block and will be staying with the Mets, according to Martino.
July 30, 2:53 PM:
The Padres made what they consider to be a strong offer for Syndergaard involving major league players, reports SNY's Andy Martino, who notes that the two sides "still can't find common ground" on a deal.
July 30, 1:43 PM:
As trade rumors continue to swirl, the Mets are still planning to start Syndergaard on Tuesday night in Chicago against the White Sox, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
Syndergaard starting as scheduled on Tuesday night would seemingly be an indication that a trade is not close, since it would be odd for any team to risk injury to a player who is the subject of deep trade discussions this close to the deadline.
July 30, 12:05 PM:
In talks with the Twins about Syndergaard, the Mets asked for OF Byron Buxton and were told no, reports LaVelle E Neal of the Star Tribune.
Buxton is having a solid season -- hitting .259/.313/.502 with nine homers and 28 doubles, but has slashed just .236/.291/.411 during his five-year career.
July 30, 11:32 AM:
While odds of a Syndergaard trade seem to be decreasing, there are "still a ton of active trade conversations" regarding Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz, reports SNY's Andy Martino.
Martino notes that the Mets don't feel they have to deal either player, and that they won't do it unless they're "blown away."
July 29, 8:56 PM:
By landing Marcus Stroman, the Mets effectively set the market on starting pitching with the trade deadline fast approaching.
As ESPN's Jeff Passan reported during the network's Braves-Nationals broadcast Monday, "the more people I speak with today, the less I feel that Noah Syndergaard is getting traded." The Mets are likely looking to recoup a much bigger haul than what they gave up for Stroman, and Passan said that if contenders were unwilling to pay a higher price than the Mets sent the Blue Jays, he's unsure how much higher they would go for Syndergaard.
July 29, 12:23 PM:
It's likelier at the moment that the Mets trade Zack Wheeler instead of Syndergaard, SNY's Andy Martino reported Sunday night.
If the Mets do trade Syndergaard, though, MLB.com's Jon Morosi said during an appearance Monday on the MLB Network that the Padres are the favorite.
July 27, 2:41 PM:
If the Mets deal Syndergaard, it could help them land another ace from the rumor mill. According to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are exploring sending Syndergaard to the San Diego Padres and then using some of the return to then land Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays.
July 27, 12:47 PM:
After Zack Wheeler's performance on Friday night, SNY's Andy Martino tweets that his sense is that Wheeler, not Syndergaard, is on a more certain track to be traded.
July 26, 8:14 PM:
The Mets are 'definitely' trading Syndergaard, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Sherman notes that while an executive who has spoken to the Mets said, "they are defintely trading Syndergaard," another mentioned that no deal was imminent.
July 26, 1:27 PM:
While lots of teams have engaged the Mets about trading for Syndergaard, their "current stance" is that only the Braves and Padres have farm systems that are loaded enough to put together an acceptable package for him, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.
According to Sherman, the Mets have let interested teams know that in addition to a few top prospects, they would also want a pitcher back in the deal that can enter their starting rotation immediately.
July 26, 9:03 AM:
The Mets have had discussions with the Twins about a Syndergaard trade and have interest in their top two prospects -- SS Royce Lewis and OF Alex Kirilloff, reports LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune.
The 20-year-old Lewis (the No. 7 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline) is currently in High-A, while the 21-year-old Kirilloff (the No. 11 prospect in baseball per MLB Pipeline) is in Double-A.
July 25, 8:53 PM:
"We're discussing everyone except for Alonso, McNeil and deGrom, and that includes Noah," one team source told SNY's Andy Martino on Thursday.
According to Martino, the recent combination of circumstances (including Trevor Bauer, Madison Bumgarner, and Marcus Stroman potentially being pulled off the trade market) has increased the likelihood that someone will blow the Mets away with an offer for Syndergaard
July 25, 5:04 PM:
In what would be an about-face, the Mets are considering extending Zack Wheeler and trading Syndergaard instead, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
July 19, 12:39 PM:
The Twins had a top evaluator at Thursday night's matchup of Syndergaard vs. Madison Bumgarner in San Francisco, reports Jon Morosi, who notes that Minnesota has the prospects to make a "strong play" for either pitcher.
July 19, 11:41 AM:
The Mets sent top exec Ruben Amaro Jr. to scout the Brewers on Thursday night, reports SNY's Andy Martino. The Brewers have interest in trading for Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler, noted Martino, who said that the Mets have been doing legwork on various trade possibilities.
July 11, 1:32 PM:
With a trade of Syndergaard at some point starting to feel "inevitable," SNY's Andy Martino reported that according to teams in touch with the Mets, the asking price for a July trade for Syndergaard is multiple top prospects. Rival executives say that they are skeptical Syndergaard can bring that return, given his middling performance this season.
July 10, 1:35 PM:
The Padres "recently" checked in regarding Syndergaard's availability, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
The Mets, Padres, and Marlins discussed a three-team trade last December that would have sent Syndergaard to San Diego and J.T. Realmuto to the Mets, reported SNY's Andy Martino
If the Mets and Padres engage on Syndergaard without a third team involved, San Diego could be one of the best fits due to their terrific farm system. San Diego has eight of the top 100 prospects in baseball, according to MLB.com's rankings. That includes LHP Mackenzie Gore (No. 3 overall), INF Luis Urias (No. 20), RHP Luis Patino (No. 40), and LHP Adrian Morejon (No. 49).
July 10, 8:35 AM:
Syndergaard is drawing interest from the Brewers, while some with the Astros are "intrigued" at the possibility of dealing for him, reports MLB.com's Jon Morosi.
SNY's Andy Martino reported recently that it is far more likely the Mets explore trading Syndergaard this winter, but that he isn't a total lock to be a Met beyond the July 31 trade deadline.
The 26-year-old Syndergaard is under Mets control through the 2021 season, so the Mets shouldn't be in any rush to deal him -- especially since his career-worst ERA this season means New York would be trading him at his lowest value.
While Syndergaard has struggled this season, his peripherals paint a rosier picture than his ERA. His FIP is 3.98 and his walk rate is close to what it was in 2018. But the inability to throw his slider as an out-pitch this season has changed the kind of pitcher Syndergaard is -- at least temporarily.
As far as what the Astros and Brewers could potentially offer for Syndergaard, Houston had the sixth-best farm system before the season, according to MLB.com, while Milwaukee was middle of the pack.
A few intriguing prospects on the Astros are RHP Forrest Whitley and OF Kyle Tucker, viewed by most as two of the Top 15 prospects in all of baseball. The Brewers have one consensus Top 50 prospect -- 2B Keston Hiura -- but he is already excelling in the majors and it's hard to see him being available.