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FILE PHOTO: Jul 6, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws the ball against the Philadelphia Phillies during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
July 11, 2019
Right-hander Noah Syndergaard could be traded if the New York Mets are approached with the “right deal,” MLB Network reported.
Syndergaard and Zack Wheeler are reportedly available, but the Mets are not soliciting offers, according to the report.
Last week, MLB Network linked Wheeler to American League East rivals. The New York Yankees have scouted multiple right-handed starters, including Trevor Bauer of the Indians, and the Boston Red Sox are also said to be looking for starting pitchers.
Syndergaard, 6-4 this season with a 4.68 ERA in 17 starts, is under team control through the 2021 season and is earning only $6 million this season. He’s eligible for arbitration this offseason.
The San Diego Padres, the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers have all inquired about Syndergaard, according to Jon Morosi of the MLB Network.
He wrote: “San Diego’s farm system, rich with high-end pitching, will allow the club to seriously pursue virtually any available starter this month. The Padres have been looking for a veteran starter since last offseason, when they had interest in Syndergaard, Corey Kluber and Marcus Stroman, among others.”
The Padres are 45-45, chasing a postseason spot, as are the Brewers (47-44). The Astros (57-33) are gearing up for a potential long postseason run while bracing for the potential loss of Gerrit Cole in free agency after the 2019 season.
The Mets are 40-50 through 90 games on first-year general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s watch and expected to be sellers before the July 31 trade deadline. Early returns on deals for Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz are not slanted in the Mets’ favor, which could cause some hesitation in dealing Syndergaard.
–Field Level Media