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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.

Madison Bumgarner is reportedly asking for a nine-figure deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that free agent pitcher Madison Bumgarner is asking for a nine-figure deal.

Your first impression of that may be “what? how?” A lot of that, however, is probably bound up in your understandable feeling that Bumgarner is too old to get that kind of scratch. But then you remember that, oh wait, he’s somehow still only 30 years-old. Indeed, he’s only ten months older than Zack Wheeler, who just nabbed a five-year, $118 million deal from Philly.

Bumgarner, obviously, has much more mileage on the odometer than Wheeler does, and he’s not the ace he was a few years ago, but he’s coming off a fine year, having put up a solid 3.90 ERA and 203/43 K/BB ratio over 207.2 innings in 2019. He would be a fine addition to the top — or at last near the top — of a contender’s rotation.

The White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Reds, Braves, Padres, and Yankees have all been mentioned among possible landing spots. Figure his market to heat up a good bit once Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg sign and some of those contenders start looking for fallback options.