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Mets unlikely to trade Noah Syndergaard

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A mere five days ago it was reported that the Mets were “motivated” to trade starter Noah Syndergaard. That was either wrong or the plans have changed, because today general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said that the team is unlikely to trade Syndergaard as the “chips are in” to win now.

That this was said at the press conference announcing the Robinson Cano trade makes a lot of sense because it was not clear how you could acquire Cano without it being aimed at contending in 2019 and it is unclear how the Mets could contend in 2019 without Syndergaard. Either way, this should make Mets fans feel better.

Syndergaard, under team control for three more years, went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 155/39 in 154.1 innings in 2018.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.