According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal (subscription required), New York Mets All-Star starter Noah Syndergaard is receiving “significant trade interest” this offseason, but unsurprisingly Rosenthal also reported that the Mets will be asking for more than just a few low end prospects and a bucket of balls.
New Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen says that he expects the team to compete in 2019 so the haul the Mets get back would likely need to have some big league talent attached to it.
Syndergaard has risen to stardom, largely in part to him being in New York, but also because he’s a pretty darn good pitcher. The 26 year-old Mansfield, Texas native has a career ERA of 2.93 in 518 innings over four seasons. He’s got a career K/9 ratio of almost 10 (9.9) and a career ERA+ pf 132. There’s no shock that he’s a great pitcher and still has plenty of room to grow, but the man they call Thor does have one big flaw: injuries.
Since 2014, including the minor leagues, he has been placed on the DL six times and even missed almost all of 2017 with a muscle tear in his back. He has never thrown 200 innings, and has only eclipsed 180 once, in 2016.
But, he’s still a star when he’s healthy and a trio of Syndergaard, Freeland, and Márquez would be nothing short of deadly. And on top of it all, he has 3 full years of control left, which will drive the price up even more.
Let’s dive into a few different deals that the Rockies could make for the flame throwing right-hander.