The Mets, in addition to potentially taking on Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz from the Mariners, are apparently “motivated” to move on from Noah Syndergaard, according to Kiley Daniels from Fangraphs. Interesting that he notes the new Mets GM happens to have previously been Syndergaard’s agent.
A recent MLB Trade Rumors piece says possible trade partners include the Padres (but who wouldn’t trade Fernando Tatis or Mackenzie Gore) or the Brewers.
The Mets don’t appear to be afraid to take on salary, and would apparently like established big leaguers and presumably prospects. I guess they view it as being able to get a haul of prospects/established players for Syndergaard, and then they could sign another pitcher like Corbin.
He’s 26 years old, projected at $5.9 million in arbitration this year, with two more years of arbitration to go. A quick review of his stats:
He’s posted 13 WAR in his 4 seasons, including 4 WAR in 2018. He pitched a max of 180IP in 2016. His career K/9 rate is 9.9, with 2.0BB/9, for a nice 4.94K/BB rate. His career ERA is 2.93, with his high being his rookie year at 3.24. His career WHIP is 1.13, but it was up to 1.21 last year.
His pitching repertoire is
Fastball: averaged 97.4mph in 2018, down from 98.3 in 2017 and 98.0 in 2016. Threw it 54% of the time last year.
Slider: average 92mph in 2018, 92.5 in 2017, throws 21% of time
Curveball: average 83mph, 10%
Changeup: average 90mph, 14%
In my blueprint (http://twinsdaily.com/topic/31636-create-your-own-offseason-blueprint/page-2#entry806784
) I proposed trading Kepler, Castro, Romero and Gordon. Both Gordon and Romero have made top 100 lists (including Gordon on some this year, although his evaluation is mixed). Kepler and Castro are established big leaguers that the Mets seem to want in deals.
I assume the Mets would ask for Royce Lewis, Alex Kiriloff or Brusdar Graterol. Sano would probably come up in conversations as well. Would strongly like to avoid including any of them in a deal. Graterol would be acceptable to trade, I suppose, given his distance from the show, and thus greater uncertainty, but I’d make the other three untouchable. I would consider including Jorge Polanco in any deal, or Gonsalves instead of Romero. I would not like to trade Buxton to get this done. Trevor May, Brent Rooker, or Trevor Larnach would certainly be on the table for such a trade, in my view. Rosario would also need to be on the table, I think. Berrios, no.
So here are three possible trades:
—Kepler, Castro, Romero, Gordon
—Polanco, May, Rooker, Enlow
—Rosario, Rodgers, Graterol, Baddoo
A rotation that looks like this is starting to look formidable:
Would any of my three scenarios above get it done? Would you do any of the three trade options above? I said Lewis, Kiriloff, Sano and Buxton should be untouchable. What trade package would you offer, and who would be off the table for you?
And most importantly, doesn’t it just seem inevitable that a guy nicknamed Thor lead a team from The North to battle?
Edited by AlwaysinModeration, 02 December 2018 - 08:13 AM.