Noah Syndergaard Or Jacob deGrom To Yankees?

Historically, Not Likely To Happen

May 18, 2018 - 2:53 pm


A picture of Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard photoshopped in a Yankees uniform with the caption “Can you deal?” on the back page of the Daily News was the last thing New York Mets fans needed to see Friday.

The mere suggestion has only exacerbated the pain that Mets fans have been dealing with lately. Alternatively, the idea of either or both Mets superstar pitchers in pinstripes probably delighted Yankees fans.

Just several weeks ago, when the Mets started the season at 11-1, the thought of trading deGrom and/or Syndergaard wasn’t even a thought. But the Mets are now 20-19 and have seemingly settled into a bad way. And the hypothetical of a Yankees-Mets trade has elicited anger and intrigue among fans.

Historically, however, the Yankees and Mets don’t swap players very often. In fact, when the Mets traded L.J. Mazilli to the Yankees in exchange for Kendall Coleman on April 10, 2018, it was only the 15th time ever that the two teams collaborated on a deal.

In spite of that, the return of healthy Yankees blue-chip prospect Clint Frazier has only fed the curiosity between the crosstown teams. Frazier represents what the Mets need, which is talented youth that can contribute right away, and the Yankees need at least one more starting pitcher in order to make a real run at a world series this year. 

Suddenly, the window that the Amazins created for themselves in 2015 seems to be on the verge of closing, or at least, suffocation.

Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier and Jay Bruce are battling injuries. Matt Harvey has been shipped out of town to the Cincinnati Reds, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler have been underwhelming, and Jason Vargas has been a very loud disappointment.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson isn’t one to even entertain the concept of tanking, but he might need to make some serious decisions ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.

All of sudden, deGrom’s start Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks seems to carry a little extra weight.

DeGrom is 3-0 so far this season with an anemic 1.83 ERA and 56 strikeouts. Syndergaard is 3-1 with an ERA of 3.14 and has induced 61 strikeouts.