After what was the team hoped to be a run at winning the NL East in 2018, the Mets have become sellers ahead of the trade deadline. One name oft-rumored: Noah Syndergaard.
The 25-year-old recently returned from the DL on July 13, after being out since May, and hasn't had a chance for his season to properly get off the ground. Syndergaard's injury misfortunes have played a part in the Mets disappointing season, leading them to evaluate all avenues to improve. One of those routes may be a rebuild.
Syndergaard is a pitcher most teams would love to have in their rotation, and the RHP would return the Mets a package of prospects, but he doesn't want to leave.
"I've embraced New York City and I think New York has embraced me," Syndergaard said, via Alex Evans of NorthJersey.com. "Hopefully I can stay a Met for the remainder of my career."
Syndergaard has a 2.97 ERA in 69.2 innings over 13 starts this season, with 79 strikeouts and a 1.22 WHIP.
"I haven't really been in this situation before, so I'm not really sure how to describe what the future entails," Syndergaard said.
Another player oft-rumored in trades has been RHP Jacob deGrom. His agent said Monday that the Mets should "seriously consider" trading his client now if they aren't serious about signing him to a long-term extension.
"If one of our main pieces were to go to a different team, then I'm not really sure what we'd be able to go off of," Syndergaard said.
Both Syndergaard and deGrom are set to start in this weekend's Subway Series against the Yankees.