Report: Mets Might Listen To Offers For Jacob DeGrom, Noah Syndergaard

Could Become Sellers If Losing Continues

June 07, 2018 - 1:20 pm


If the Mets don't turn things around in the coming weeks, they'll start listening to offers for Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard, according to a report Thursday.

The New York Post's Joel Sherman reported that Mets officials have indicated to him "they would be crazy not to be open for business if their season continues to plummet." He added that he doubts the Mets would ever trade both deGrom and Syndergaard because they'd want to avoid an all-out rebuild.

The question is what the Mets' asking price would be for the star pitchers. Will general manager Sandy Alderson actively shop them? Or will he simply answer the phone waiting for an offer that blows him away? 

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Of course, the Yankees are expected to add a starting pitcher before the All-Star break, and according to Sherman, the Mets are not ruling out the possibility of dealing with their intracity rivals this summer. The Bombers lost No. 5 starter Jordan Montgomery to Tommy John surgery this week, Masahiro Tanaka and Sonny Gray have been inconsistent, and CC Sabathia will turn 38 next month.

But a Mets-Yankees trade would face some tall hurdles. Trades among the rivals are rare, and talks involving Jay Bruce and Neil Walker last year reportedly became testy. But more important, Sherman wrote that acquiring deGrom or Syndergaard would "entail great pain, which means starting with (Gleyber) Torres or Miguel Andujar or maybe both."

The Yankees (40-18), of course, are very much in the World Series hunt, and it would be a major shock if they parted ways with Torres or Andujar, both of whom are enjoying strong rookie seasons.

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After starting the season with an 11-1 record, the Mets (27-32) are in a tailspin, having lost 13 of their last 16 games. They sit 7 1/2 games behind the Washington Nationals for the NL East lead.

The Mets and Yankees meet in a three-game Subway Series this weekend at Citi Field.