Though Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen is fielding calls for a handful of his top players, he admitted on Wednesday it's going to be "very difficult" to trade an ace like Noah Syndergaard.
After New York acquired elite closer Edwin Diaz and eight-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano from Seattle, Van Wagenen made it very clear that the Mets are going all in for the World Series championship next season. As far as conversations at the Winter Meetings go, he envisions holding that trophy with help from his current, star-studded rotation.
"We're going into this marketplace assuming that both [Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom], as well as Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, are on our team," Van Wagenen said.
Even so, the possibility of a Mets-Yankees trade has not died down. After Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters that the Yankees are a "fully operational Death Star," which many have interpreted to mean the Bronx Bombers are willing to pivot and target players they once deemed unattainable, Van Wagenen said he's had a lot of discussion about a lot of different things with Cashman.
"I haven't seen a 'Death Star' approach from my interactions with Cash," Van Wagenen said. "That's a self-imposed metaphor. I think we want to be honest, we want to be transparent, we want to be direct. And I think that's what our approach has been and hopefully that's reciprocated."
When asked how quiet Las Vegas has been with just one day left of Winter Meetings, Van Wagenen made it very clear he's in no rush to complete deals in early December.
"We're not viewing the Winter Meetings as a scoreboard of how many transactions we can complete," Van Wagenen said. "We're going to view it as how productive the conversations were and what we can do in the days and weeks ahead."