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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.

Cardinals extend José Martínez through 2020

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First baseman/outfielder José Martínez agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cardinals on Saturday, per a team announcement. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Martínez will receive $3.25 million in the deal plus incentives if he earns a more stable place within the starting lineup.

Martínez, 30, played 887 games in the minors before making his major-league debut with the Cardinals at the tail end of the 2016 season. The veteran first baseman has been nothing but productive in the three years since his debut, however, and turned in a career-best performance in 2018 after slashing .305/.364/.457 with 17 home runs, an .821 OPS, and 2.3 fWAR through 590 plate appearances. While he brings some positional flexibility to the table, he’ll be forced to compete against Dexter Fowler and Tyler O'Neill for a full-time gig in right field this year, as Paul Goldschmidt currently has a lock on first base.

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the extension wasn’t solely precipitated by Martínez’s productivity in the majors, but by a competing offer from an unnamed Japanese team over the offseason. Goold adds that Martínez would have earned “significantly more than he would in the majors” had the club sold his rights. In the end, they ultimately elected to ink him to a more lucrative deal themselves. He’ll be eligible for arbitration in 2020.