The Mets are "seriously considering deals" for Noah Syndergaard, and at least a half-dozen teams are "believed to be real players" to trade for the right-hander, reports MLB Network insider Jon Heyman. Per Heyman, New York is looking to fill multiple holes via the haul they would get from trading Syndergaard.
hear at least half-dozen teams are believed to be real players for Noah Syndergaard. mets are seriously considering deals for him if they could fill multiple holes with real impact. will be one of the big winter meetings storylines.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 21 de noviembre de 2018
That might be only one part of the plan, however. According to SNY's Andy Martino, New York is also considering free-agent options to replace Syndergaard, should he be dealt.
"Trading Syndergaard -- which is no sure thing to happen, even though the Mets are exploring it -- would only be one piece in a larger strategy," writes Martino, citing Major League sources.
"The Mets could obtain a package of prospects and Major Leaguers for Syndergaard, then replace him with a free agent such as Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ, Dallas Keuchel, or Nathan Eovaldi."
Martino adds that the Mets are pushing back against the idea that a trade of Syndergaard would portend a "step back for 2019," writing that the front office's "view is that dealing from a position of depth, and then finding a replacement at that position, could be a win-win."