Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported Friday that the Mets definitely intend to trade Noah Syndergaard at the deadline, per sources. Sherman adds that the team may be motivated to move reliever Edwin Díaz as well, though Syndergaard remains their first priority.
In exchange for their no. 2 starter, the Mets are reportedly seeking a package with another mid- to back-end starter and several top prospects — with little intention of taking any deal that doesn’t ‘overwhelm’ them. It’s a reasonable request for someone of Syndergaard’s caliber and contract length; so far in 2019, the 26-year-old right-hander boasts a 7-5 record in 20 starts with a complete game shutout, 4.33 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 9.0 SO/9, and 2.7 fWAR across 126 2/3 innings.
Recent rumors have linked Syndergaard to the Braves, Dodgers, Padres, Astros, Rays, Yankees, and more, with the Braves and Padres best-positioned to check all the boxes on the Mets’ wish list. Still, it’s not yet clear who might be positioned as a frontrunner as the deadline approaches.
In addition to Syndergaard and Díaz, SNY’s Andy Martino says that fellow starter Zack Wheeler is “on a more certain track to be traded.” Wheeler was reinstated from the 10-day injured list on Friday and pitched against the Pirates in his last start for the team, allowing three runs and striking out seven of 22 batters over 5 1/3 innings.
CINCINNATI — The Los Angeles Dodgers placed pitcher Noah Syndergaard on the 15-day injured list Thursday with a blister on the index finger of his right throwing hand.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the timetable for Syndergaard’s return is unknown despite the 15-day designation.
“The physical, the mental, the emotional part, as he’s talked about, has taken a toll on him,” Roberts said. “So, the ability to get him away from this. He left today to go back to Los Angeles to kind of get back to normalcy.”
Syndergaard allowed six runs and seven hits in three innings against the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night, raising his ERA to 7.16.
Syndergaard (1-4) has surrendered at least five runs in three straight starts.
Syndergaard has been trying to return to the player he was before Tommy John surgery sidelined him for the better part of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
Roberts said Syndergaard will need at least “a few weeks” to both heal and get away from baseball and “reset.”
“I think searching and not being comfortable with where he was at in the moment is certainly evident in performance,” Roberts said. “So hopefully this time away will provide more clarity on who he is right now as a pitcher.
“Trying to perform when you’re searching at this level is extremely difficult. I applaud him from not running from it, but it’s still very difficult. Hopefully it can be a tale of two stories, two halves when he does come back.”