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Van Wagenen Says It's Unlikely Mets Trade Noah Syndergaard

December 04, 2018 - 3:53 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN) -- Brodie Van Wagenen still has a lot of work to do, but the Mets' new general manager does have some pieces that he can build around.

Jacob deGrom won the NL Cy Young and is seemingly untouchable in the trade market, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling about one of New York’s other big-name starting pitchers.

A few weeks ago there was a report that the Mets were “seriously considering” trade offers for Noah Syndergaard. Today, Van Wagenen pushed back a bit on that report when he spoke with reporters at the press conference to introduce Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. 

This is kind of what Van Wagenen has to say as the Mets’ general manager, but it offers more assurances on Syndergaard’s future than there were just a week ago. Van Wagenen’s claim that those “special circumstances” wouldn’t be guaranteed to make the team “even consider” trading Syndergaard sounds like a strong claim.

Syndergaard himself then took to Twitter to further assuage the fears of any Mets fans who were worried that the tall right-hander might be dealt. As always, he did so in his own unique way. 

Get that man a hammer!

Syndergaard was 13-4 last season with a 3.03 ERA and 155 strikeouts. The 26-year-old has spent his entire major league career with the Mets after they acquired him from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012. In 2016 he was an All-Star and finished eighth in the voting for the NL Cy Young. 

In addition to the Cano/Diaz trade, keeping Syndergaard is the latest piece of evidence that the Mets will try and compete next season instead of blowing up and rebuilding.

If he is kept and the right supplemental players are brought in, then Syndergaard and deGrom have the potential to be one of the strongest front-ends of a rotation in MLB, but there is still a ways to go before spring training.