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What teams will need to offer for Syndergaard or deGrom

The New York Mets are looking at ways to make the team better. The way that seems to be the best way to do so is to trade a couple of good starters in the rotation. Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom have exceptional value in trade talks. Sitting fourth in the NL East with a 35-49 record doesn’t sit well with the Mets. While pitching is crucial to a team’s success, New York is struggling to get runs on the board. Offensive production is a major focus as the Mets are 28th in the MLB with a .231 team average. They are also towards the bottom, ranked 27th with 331 runs scored through 84 games. So trading some top pitchers for some quality offensive production isn’t out of the question.

Mets assistant general manager John Ricco stated that while a trade for Syndergaard or deGrom could happen, the team isn’t necessarily shopping those guys. Ricco told MLB.com that it would take a what the team considers a Mets friendly deal to send either pitcher elsewhere.

“We’re having a lot of dialogue with teams on a lot of different fronts,” Ricco said. “We’re not out there actively looking to move Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard by any stretch. I think it would honestly take a team to come in and present an overwhelming deal to us to move one of those guys. They’re just that kind of player, and they mean that much to the organization.”

Noah Syndergaard is currently on the disabled list with a finger injury on his throwing hand, but that doesn’t seem to be an issue according to Ricco. The 25-year-old is 4-1 with a 3.06 era this season. Syndergaard has been lights out since making his MLB debut in 2015, with a career with a 2.92 era and 1.110 whip in 73 games. deGrom is leading the majors with a 1.84 era this season. His career 2.82 era along with a 9.9 k/9 ratio proves his dominance.

Either of these guys is going to warrant a major haul if the Mets decide to pull the trigger on a trade. The MLB free agent market is fairly weak next year in several areas so trading for team needs is the best route. The other thing to consider in dealing either guy is team control. Both pitchers are under contract through 2020 so teams would get at least two years out of both guys. That’s a big factor to consider when good starting pitchers are thin in free agency. It could put the Mets in the driver’s seat for a team giving away too much and that’s what they are looking for.

So what are the Mets looking for if they deal Syndergaard or deGrom? Ricco said that New York will be targeting MLB, Double-A, and Triple-A talent. A solid MLB player along with a couple of prospects in the MLB top 100 is a start. It may even take a little more. Asdrubal Cabrera and Brandon Nimmo are the only players on the team with over 200 at-bats that is hitting over a .250 average. Yoenis Cespedes and Jay Bruce are currently on the DL and both have produced much this year. The same goes for Todd Frazier who’s batting .222/.306/.394 with 10 home runs this season.

New York traded Matt Harvey earlier this year to the Cincinnati Reds for Devin Mesoraco. So far, the deal seems to have benefited the Reds more, but it should end up being a good deal for both sides. If both pitchers were to be traded, the Mets would be left with only one solid performer in the rotation this year in Steven Matz. So along with good hitters, New York will also want some top pitching prospects. A trade will feel like it’s onesided in the Mets favor, but both Syndergaard and deGrom will be worth it to several teams.