A report Thursday evening says the Mets are doing more than just listening on trade offers for Noah Syndergaard.
“They want to move him,” a person Buster Olney at ESPN calls a “rival evaluator.”
What is it about Noah Syndergaard that Brodie Van Wagenen does not like? He apparently tried to trade him last winter, and now this. Does he think Syndergaard will bring back the most value to help him build a winner? Or does he know something about Syndergaard that no one else does? Van Wagenen did not personally represent him, but Syndergaard is represented by CAA, Van Wagenen’s former agency. And if agents do anything, it’s talk. So maybe Syndergaard’s agent has told Van Wagenen unpleasant things about the star pitcher.
Whatever the reason, the GM of the Mets want to trade a 26-year-old pitcher who has as much talent as any starter in baseball. Yes, he is struggling this season, but if Syndergaard can put things right, he is a Cy Young award waiting to happen. Do the Mets really want that to happen with another team?
Another report by Fox Sports and now The Athletic midget Ken Rosenthal says the Mets would trade Syndergaard and sign Zack Wheeler long-term. Interesting concept, but which pitcher would you rather have? Maybe Wheeler plus the haul Syndergaard would bring back would tilt the scales towards this scenario.
Oh, and it appears Van Wagenen really wants to deal Edwin Diaz, the centerpiece of his first off-season. This guy is really fickle.
All of this shows how screwed up things are in Flushing these days.