If this idiotic Robinson Cano deal actually happens, it signals one thing — the Mets are in win now mode. So if that’s the case, why in the hell would you trade Noah Syndergaard?
If we’ve seen anything in the playoffs the past few years, it’s that you need at least two aces if you want to advance. The Mets have that (three if Zack Wheeler’s 2018 was not a mirage). So why break that up now? To restock the farm system (don’t unstock it for a PED cheat, but that’s another story) and then sign an inferior pitcher for a whole lot more money that Syndergaard would make? Where’s the logic in that?
The only thing I can think of is that Syndergaard’s former agent, who now happens to be the Mets GM, knows something about Syndergaard that no one else knows. I won’t speculate about what that could be, but it’s the only thing that makes sense to me.
The simple fact is if the Mets trade Noah Syndergaard, their starting rotation will be weaker (unless Brodie van Wagenen surprises us with his replacement). For a wanna-be playoff contender, that is not a formula for playing deep into October.