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Mets still likely to trade either Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard

Even with Marcus Stroman in the fold, the Mets are reportedly still looking to sell off at least one of their pitchers.

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Even though they have now officially traded for Marcus Stroman, the Mets are still likely to trade Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler before the trade deadline, according to Jeff Passan. The Mets also remain unlikely to sign Wheeler to a contract extension, Passan reports.

With the Mets having officially agreed to a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays earlier today to acquire Stroman and cash considerations in exchange for Anthony Kay and Simeon Woods-Richardson, the team’s plans as the trade deadline approches on Wednesday was cloudy. But it appears their direction has not actually changed, and they may actually go through with their previously-reported plan to add Stroman and trade Syndergaard.

There have been many teams linked to Syndergaard and Wheeler in recent days, and the Mets’ asking price reportedly remains high. Bob Nightengale reported that the Padres, who have been one of the main suitors for Syndergaard, are not optimistic on reaching a deal as the they seem unwilling to meet the Mets’ asking price. Jon Morosi reports the Padres are refusing to add prospect Mackenzie Gore into a potential trade for Syndergaard.

Other suitors linked to Syndergaard include the Yankees, Athletics, and Astros, all of whom have top prospects to offer the Mets in return for one of their pitchers. There have been far fewer rumors about Wheeler, but the A’s were rumored to be interested in either pitcher.