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Mets exploring trading Syndergaard to Padres, then trading for Stroman

You might ask yourself, ‘what are the Mets doing?’

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In their apparently fervent attempt to trade Noah Syndergaard somewhere, the Mets are considering a scenario in which they’d trade him to the Padres and use some of that return to acquire Marcus Stroman from the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal. In a subsequent tweet, Rosenthal notes that the Astros have shifted their focus to acquiring Stroman because they’re reluctant to meet the Mets’ asking price for Syndergaard.

Stroman is having a very good year for the Blue Jays, as he has a 2.96 ERA and 3.52 FIP in 124.2 innings. He is only under team control through the 2020 season. For his career, he has a 3.76 ERA and 3.60 FIP, and his single-season ERA has been alternately good or bad for the past four seasons.

Syndergaard has struggled this year and currently has a 4.33 ERA and 3.64 FIP in 126.2 innings on the season. For his career, he has a 3.21 ERA and 2.85 FIP, and he’s under team control through the 2021 season.