The San Diego Padres and New York Mets are reportedly once again talking trade for Noah Syndergaard. This time, the two sides could get a deal done.
It is not a secret that the San Diego Padres need starting pitching.
The team has played well this season, currently sitting with a 45-45 record. For a squad consisting of the youngest roster in the major leagues, a .500 mark in the standings is a reason to be excited. There is a future for the Padres, and it is bright.
In a recent tweet by Jon Morosi, there is the thought process that the New York Mets will soon make pitcher Noah Syndergaard available for trade. The Padres have already been linked to the hurler in the past, so this could be an interesting subject in the coming weeks. With less than three weeks before the MLB Trade Deadline, teams are about to get very aggressive when it comes to trades. Morosi went as far as to mention the Padres as the front-runners for a potential trade. The team has young starting pitching, and that is known to be a key for the Mets to move their right-handed pitcher.
The San Diego Padres sit with multiple young players in the majors and a ridiculous amount of talent in the minor leagues. If they want to acquire a player, they have the means to do so without any problem at all. The two sides match well. As the Mets fall further in the standings and the Padres hang around in the NL Wild Card race, the idea of a trade makes more and more sense.
The Padres would love to trade for Syndergaard who is under team control through the 2021 season. He is currently having a down year in New York, posting a 6-4 record with a 4.68 ERA and a 1.278 WHIP. The power pitcher has struck out 101 batters in 105 innings this season. Syndergaard is still throwing in the upper 90’s with his fastball, but he has gone away from his slider in 2019. If Darren Balsley can work his magic, “Thor” could finally reach his potential in the game of baseball. Two-plus years of service time is not exactly ideal, but the Padres could also explore an extension for the pitcher if he were to be acquired.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. The San Diego Padres would be required to pay a hefty price tag. The Mets want a starting pitcher they can plug into their rotation now and for the next few seasons. The team wants a pitcher who has some experience and is not just a prospect. Joey Lucchesi, Matt Strahm, Eric Lauer, and possibly Cal Quantrill fit that profile. The Padres would surely need to part with one of these pitchers just to get any ‘Thor” discussions started.
With an established young pitcher who can eat innings, the Mets would want two prospects (at least) as “lottery tickets” in the deal. These would be Triple-A or lower level prospects who could eventually turn into something but are not a guarantee. The Padres would probably need to include a top valued prospect. Not MacKenzie Gore, Luis Patino or Luis Urias, but names like Michel Baez and Adrian Morejon might be enticing to the Mets as they attempt to restructure their pitching staff for the future. The last piece or two of the puzzle would likely contain a name like Ty France or Austin Allen. A player who is stuck in the prospect logjam that A.J. Preller has created. A player who needs a change of scenery. The Friars could also throw in a teenage prospect to get the deal done. They have dozens of 17-19-year-old prospects with decent upside. The Mets have reportedly mentioned that they would prefer a 4-for-1 deal for their ace pitcher.
These two teams could easily have a deal if the Padres are satisfied with what they would be receiving in Syndergaard. His 2019 season statistics are concerning, as are his history of nagging little injuries. At 26, there is still tremendous upside with this pitcher. The Mets will probably deal him in the coming weeks, and one would expect the Padres to be front and center in trade discussions. If A.J. Preller and company are satisfied with Syndergaard and what he would bring to the team, a deal could be secured relatively fast. The Padres have the prospects to make it work for both sides of the equation.