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Mets “motivated” to trade Noah Syndergaard for some reason

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The Mets wanting to trade for Robinson Cano is a pretty decent idea. Sure, you could make a bad trade for the guy, but Cano is still a good player and, salary considerations notwithstanding, could help the team win in the short term.

How that squares with this report from Kiley McDaniel of FanGraphs, however, is beyond me:

Why would you trade for Cano if you’re not going for it and how are you going for it if you trade Syndergaard? And if you’re going to sign a free agent pitcher to take his place, why not just keep him? He’s under team control for a couple of more years and will be cheaper than say, Patrick Corbin or whoever.

One possible answer: the Mets know something about Syndergaard’s health that no one else knows. Other possible answers escape me at the moment. Please put any suggestions you have in the comments, because I’m out of ideas.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.