The New York Mets start the second half of the season with a 40-50 record, 13.5 games of the Atlanta Braves' first place in the National League of the East and seven games in the wild- cards.
So it goes without saying that Managing Director Brodie Van Wagenen will sell parts before the deadline of 31 July.
Most rumors focus on right-handed Zack Wheeler, who will be a free agent after the season.
However, Noah Syndergaard, a much-appreciated law player, earns $ 6 million this season and is under the control of the team until 2021.
SNY's Andy Martino has an idea of what the Mets will look for in any agreement with Syndergaard:
According to teams in contact with the Mets, the price charged for a transaction in July for Syndergaard is multiple. Rival leaders are skeptical. Syndergaard can bring this back, given its poor performance this season.
Syndergaard is 6-4 with a 4.68 ERA in 17 starts this season. But he has an average of 3.23 and has 674 strikeouts in 624 innings in five seasons.
Jon Morosi, of MLB.com, reported on Wednesday that "several teams" had called the Mets about Syndergaard, including the San Diego Padres.
The San Diego agricultural system, rich in high-end launchers, will allow the club to seriously look for any beginner available this month. The Padres have been looking for a veteran since the last season, while they were interested in Syndergaard. Corey Kluber and Marcus Stroman, among others.
Morosi reports that the Milwaukee Brewers and the Houston Astros are also watching Syndergaard.
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