Offseason trade rumors have surrounded the Mets early this offseason, with RHP Noah Syndergaard among them. Being a flame-throwing starter that has had tremendous success early on in his career, there is no wonder why multiple teams would be interested in trading for him.
But fellow starter RHP Zack Wheeler doesn't want to see him in any jersey but the Mets.
"I'd rather have him on the team," Wheeler told reporters at the Mets Holiday Shopping Spree in Queens on Wednesday. "He's a power guy that is part of this staff and I think we can do a lot of good things with him out there on the mound."
Teams like the Rockies, Brewers, and Padres are all among teams that have some interest in Syndergaard, but Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen will need to see a very strong trade package to let Thor walk in 2019.
Syndergaard enjoyed a fine 2018 season after pitching just seven games in 2017. Over 25 starts, he owned a 3.03 ERA, 2.80 FIP, and 1.21 WHIP while striking out 155 batters to 39 walks over 154.1 innings.
Trade talks all over social media and TV networks is something Wheeler said players are used to. It's a reality of the business side of the MLB.
"We all see it, we all follow social media, we all listen and watch," he said. "So we're all up to date [with] what's going on out there, who's names are getting thrown around. It's part of the game, it's a business."
Wheeler won't be moving this offseason, but if he and the Mets don't figure out an extension during the season, he would enter next offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Wheeler said he has spoken to Van Wagenen, but not about an extension at the moment.
The 28-year-old had an excellent 2018 campaign with a 3.31 ERA, 3.24 FIP, and 1.12 WHIP with 179 strikeouts over 182.1 innings.