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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.

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.