A great deal of early speculation surrounding the Mets’ offseason thus far has centered around the possibility of the team trading Noah Syndergaard. While the hot stove is kindled with countless rumors—many baseless—baseball insider Jon Heyman reported today that the number of teams expected to be “real players” for Syndergaard could be “at least” a half-dozen, perhaps moving this from idle speculation to real possibility.
Where early speculation centered around the Mets using a Syndergaard trade to replenish the farm system, or in the increasingly rare star-for-star swap for someone such as Kris Bryant, Heyman suggests that the Mets would want several pieces, looking to fill multiple holes with “real impact.”
Even in a somewhat up-and-down year riddled with poor luck with health, Syndergaard had an impressive 2018 season. Over 154.1 innings (25 starts) last year, Syndergaard recorded a 4.2 fWAR, which tied with Kyle Freeland for seventh in the National League. Similarly, Syndergaard’s 3.03 ERA would have been good for eighth in the league if he hadn’t fallen just short of qualifying for the leaderboard.