After the stove grew cold after the Mets and Mariners lurch towards an agreement for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz, at a snail’s pace, we’ve already had another hot take piece of news.
Ken Rosenthal, who does a terrific job across the board, did his best Adam Schefter impression during an appearance on MLB Network. Rosenthal said last night that he believes the Mets next move will be trading Noah Syndergaard in order to “get Major Leaguers back if they can or minor leaguers back they can flip for Major League help.”
Ken, my man. I like you. I like you a lot. But this? THIS? Nah, my man. It makes no sense.
I mean, I’ll give you this: you’re right about big market teams acting this way. You’re welcome. I’m glad you’re a fan of my work.
But my question with this statement, Ken, is this: Why does Brodie van Wagenen feel the need to trade to Noah Syndergaard?
This has to be nothing. Because this is a sign of lunacy.
And while you all are opening up a second tab to pull quotes from this piece, let me help you out: if the Mets trade Syndergaard, then the Cano/Diaz deal looks insane. Absolutely insane. The Mets would be dealing Syndergaard for the same caliber prospects they just dealt. How does that make any sense?
Sure this could just be more of the same “we’re listening but it doesn’t mean we’re interested,” chatter we heard during the deadline last year. But even then, dealing Syndergaard still makes zero sense, as it did during the season.
But you know what, Ken? I’ll bite.
So who out there is worth trading Noah Syndergaard, possibly the most well-liked New York Met currently on the roster
Is Kris Bryant? No.
Is Max Scherzer? Yes, but he’s also aging and his contract is toxic. There’s also no way he gets dealt, even if it means the Nationals resign Bryce Harper
Is there a catcher out there who is worth Syndergaard’s services? Absolutely not.
Is there a relief put her out there worth trading Syndergaard for? No. Not while guys like Andrew Miller, Adam Ottovino and others can be signed in free agency.
So the question is why? Why would anyone in the Front Office be looking to deal Noah?
Perhaps, it’s a way of opening the door to other ventures. The Mets are about to complete a deal with Jerry Dipoto and the Mariners, who seems to be dealing anyone with a first and last name on their roster. So if you’re a fellow GM, and you hear Jerry’s got a fire sale going on, you’re gonna give him a call to see how low his prices are.
The same can be said of the Mets in this regard. Although, you don’t offer a Ferrari and then counter with a discounted 92 Accord. Floating the idea of dealing Syndergaard is heinous and quite frankly, detrimental to the team’s future for the coming years.
If this is a sign of the coming times with van Wagenen, then we’re in trouble. While the Cano/Diaz trade has a high upside, it also comes with risk. Dealing Syndergaard comes with two very solid risks attached, as well.
Risk #1 is that you’re dealing Syndergaard too early without seeing what your needs are down the road. You’re dealing for today, without thinking of tomorrow.
Hell, they’re already rioting at the thought of Jared Kelenic leaving, that twitter storm will look like a dust-up compared to the Michael Bay caliber explosion that would happen within the Mets faithful if Thor leaves Asgard.
Think about the response from fans when Wilmer Flores was non-tendered this week. How did the fans take that? Not well. That’s because Wilmer Flores has been the heart of this team for as many years as he’s been on it. Whether or not you believe it was Cespedes or the starters that got the Mets to the World Series in 2015, there’s no denying that Wilmer Flores reminded us all of how much we love this game and how much we loved this team.
The Mets were all Wilmer knew. The Mets were all we knew. To have that ripped away in an instant showed us how much Wilmer wanted to stay.
If van Wagenen trades Syndergaard, he’ll lose the fans. Plain and simple.
At the baseline, van Wagenen’s job is to keep the window of this young starting rotation open as long as possible, this move would be slamming the door shut on more than the Mets postseason hopes in 2019.