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The 27-32 Mets are not considering a rebuild at this point, though that could change, GM Sandy Alderson said earlier this week. However, Alderson called the possibility "remote" -- meaning dealing Jacob deGrom and/or Noah Syndergaard at this point should also be viewed as remote.
Still, the narrative that the Mets should trade one or both of them will not die. Nor will the idea that the Yankees are a perfect fit if the Mets do decide to trade one or both of them. And as much as this makes most Mets fans want to vomit, the Yankees really would be a perfect fit.
So, in a world where the Mets end up putting deGrom and/or Syndergaard on the trading block, what would it take to trade one of them to the Yankees?
Consider this: For roughly two months of Aroldis Chapman, the Yankees acquired Gleyber Torres, Billy McKinney, and two other pieces from the Cubs. For nearly 2 1/2 years of Andrew Miller, the Yankees acquired Justus Sheffield, Clint Frazier, and two other prospects from the Indians.
DeGrom and Syndergaard (under team control through 2021) are worth far more than either of the above players were at the time they were dealt. DeGrom is an ace in his prime, making just $7.4 million, who is one of the five-best pitchers in baseball. And he's under control for 2019 and 2020, when he will earn far less than market value for a pitcher of his caliber.
If the Yankees want deGrom, their offer can start with Gleyber Torres. Anything less, and the Mets should laugh and hang up. The deal would also have to include two or three other pieces, with Sheffield, Miguel Andujar, and Clint Frazier on the table. For Syndergaard, the price may be a bit less, but still astronomical.
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This should be a worst case scenario, because I don't want it to happen. And if the Mets do decide that a trade is necessary, it should just be one of deGrom or Syndergaard -- not both.
And it needs to be a big return that helps the Mets rebuild on the fly. A return that can help them right away.
This isn't a move that should be made now, though. Give it another month. If the Mets haven't rebounded by then and gotten back in the race, it would be time to seriously consider their options.
DeGrom or Syndergaard not being on the Mets would hurt. It's the last thing I want. They've been the two constants, and the guys the team and fans can rely on. I especially don't want them on a team like the Yankees.
But if things don't improve, changes need to be made. In order to get big, you have to give big, and the Mets can't keep treading water while not making decisive moves.