The New York Mets are currently 40-50 and currently fourth in the National League East. They also have two of the top pitchers in baseball with Jacob DeGrom and Noah Syndergaard, affectionally known as Thor.
Syndergaard is on a team controlled contract through 2021, has one of the most electrifying stuff in baseball and is only 26 years old. Thor currently has a 4.68 ERA and has struck out 101 batters in just over 105 innings this season, so with trade season here, it’s only natural that teams are going to have interest.
Are the Dodgers interested?
Do they need him?
Because the Dodgers need bullpen help more than starting pitching help right now.
Now that’s out of the way, we should take a look at the teams that could make an offer for Syndergaard’s services and at the same time, make it harder for the Dodgers in the post-season if they do end up meeting.
San Diego Padres
The Padres just took 3 of 4 from the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, which isn’t an easy feat with the way the boys in blue have been playing this year. The are right there in the wild card race, but their starting pitching’s ERA of 4.38 needs the kind of veteran leadership Thor can provide. They also have the type of farm system that the Mets would take a serious look, which includes the likes of Luis Urias and the much talked about Andres Munoz.
The Brewers are in the toughest division in baseball and the sting of that Game 7 loss year is probably still eating at them. According to MLB.com, they have the prospects like Huira and young players like Ray and Turang to get the Mets to start a conversation.
If the Brewers can get Syndergaard and have their bullpen step up in the 2nd half the way they played last year, the Dodgers could be in a dog fight where home field advantage would truly be of the utmost importance.
New York Yankees
They’re here because it’s a top pitcher from a team that is losing. They’re always going to be in play here with their farm system. If they do get Thor from their cross-town rivals, a World Series matchup with the Yankees and their offense is going to be a tougher matchup than it is now.
The Astros seem to be on a mission this year and MLB.com is reporting that the some within the front office are “intrigued” with the idea of adding Syndergaard to Gerrit Cole and Justin Verlander to basically line up a 1-2-3 starting rotation that can only rival the Dodgers in the Post-Season.
The Astrons have their top prospect Kyle Tucker to dangle and up and coming pitcher in Bryan Abreu, so the Mets might be interested here.