Report: Mets plan to contend next year, won’t trade deGrom, Syndergaard, Wheeler

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Mets plan to contend in 2019, so they prefer to hold on to starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Zack Wheeler. All three have been the subject of many trade rumors in recent weeks as the Mets have fallen further and further out of contention.

All three pitchers are under team control beyond this season, so the Mets are certainly under no pressure to trade any member of the trio. deGrom has two more years of arbitration eligibility remaining, Syndergaard has three, and Wheeler has one.

Wheeler, understandably, was the most likely to get traded since he has the fewest remaining years of team control and is not considered ace-caliber like deGrom and Syndergaard. This season, Wheeler is 5-6 with a 4.11 ERA with 116 strikeouts and 42 walks  in 120 1/3 innings. Some contending teams, including the Braves, Phillies, Yankees, and Brewers, saw him as a potential upgrade heading into the final two months of the season and he certainly could have been had at a much lower price than deGrom and Syndergaard.

deGrom shares Wheeler’s 5-6 record but has a major league-best 1.82 ERA with 164 strikeouts and 32 walks in 138 1/3 innings. Syndergaard is 6-1 with a 2.89 ERA and an 85/15 K/BB ratio in 74 2/3 innings. One can certainly understand the Mets’ impulse to try to contend with these two at minimum. Whether or not it’s the right call to attempt competing rather than rebuilding remains to be seen.

The Mets have already traded infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and sound committed to shopping catcher Devin Mesoraco and 3B/OF Jose Bautista. They may be the only other players the Mets trade ahead of tomorrow’s 4 PM ET non-waiver trade deadline.

Brian Cashman signs 4-year contract to remain Yankees GM

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SAN DIEGO — Brian Cashman has signed a four-year contract to remain the New York Yankees Senior Vice President and General Manager. The announcement was made during the first day of baseball’s Winter Meetings.

Cashman, New York’s GM since 1998, had been working on a handshake agreement since early November, when his five-year contract expired.

The Yankees were swept by four games in the AL Championship Series and haven’t reached the World Series since winning in 2009. It is the franchise’s longest title drought since an 18-year gap between 1978-96.

Cashman’s main goal during the offseason is trying to re-sign AL MVP Aaron Judge.

Judge hit an American League-record 62 homers this season with a .311 batting average and 131 RBIs. He turned down the Yankees’ offer on the eve of opening day of a seven-year contract that would have paid $213.5 million from 2023-29.

While Judge remains on the market, Cashman was able to re-sign Anthony Rizzo on Nov. 15 to a two-year contract worth $40 million after turning down a $16 million player option.

Cashman has been the Yankees general manager since 1998. He has been with the organization since 1986, when he was a 19-year old intern in the scouting department. In his 25 seasons as GM, the Yankees have reached the postseason 21 times, including four World Series championships and six American League titles.