There have been several reports over the past couple of weeks that the New York Mets are listening to offers for the flame throwing righty Noah Syndergaard. He will enter his second year of arbitration this year and is not going to be a free agent until after the 2021 season. Syndergaard is still only 26 years old and has some of the nastiest stuff in the league. According to Statcast, he is second in the MLB with a 97.5 average fastball velocity.
Newly appointed GM Brodie Van Wagenen was the agent of several Mets like Jacob deGromm, Yoenis Cespedes, Tim Tebow and none other than Noah Syndergaard. He has stated that the Mets will have an aggressive approach to free agency and will be in on every big name. If that is the case, why would he Mets be willing to depart with one of the most dominant pitchers in the National League when he is under control for three more seasons and could help the team win now in a very winnable division?
So maybe they would only part with him if they are blown away with an offer. If so, here on some possible teams that could land Thor.
San Diego Padres
The Padres haven’t been relevant in quite some time now. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported that they were in on Syndergaard at this past season’s trade deadline. They have a loaded farm system and young talent that could be potentially unloaded for Syndergaard’s services. MLB.com’s no.2 overall prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. would be a great front liner in a deal. The Mets have Amed Rosario but could move him to second or third to make room for Tatis Jr.
With both Charlie Morton and Dallas Keuchel likely headed for other teams this Winter, the Astros are in the market for a starter. Lance McCullers Jr. will be out all of next season from Tommy John surgery so what was once considered the top rotation in baseball is suddenly in desperate need of reinforcements. The Astros have the MLB.com no.5 overall prospect OF Kyle Tucker who could immediately impact the Mets big league roster.
The Brewers were one game away from the World Series this past season. They got by with a middle of the road starting rotation but their bullpen shouldered a lot of the workload. The Brewers are in a win-now mode so they should do whatever it takes to get a frontline ace that could help put them over the top in the National League. They don’t have as much talent in their farm system as some other suitors so they may have to part with some of their major league talent in order to take Syndergaard from the Mets.
Chicago White Sox
The White Sox have been stocking up on prospects for the past few seasons now. The Chris Sale deal landed them two blue chip prospects in Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech and the Jose Quintana deal landed them another blue chip in Eloy Jimenez. They also have a ton of cap room so they may be willing to dole out big contracts this offseason. This might mean that a competitive team is on the horizon so going after an ace like Syndergaard could expedite the process.