The Yankees are still looking to add another front of the rotation arm to round out their starting staff for 2019 even after trading for James Paxton last week. Noah Syndergaard is one name reportedly available in trade talks, but don’t expect the Yanks to pursue the rival right-hander any time soon.
There’s no doubt that Syndergaard would help the Yankees boost their starting staff but according to Andy Martino of SNY it’s highly unlikely that the team will pursue a trade to acquire him.
Last summer around the trade deadline there were rumors that the Yankees had talked to the Mets about the possibility of a trade for either Syndergaard or eventual NL CY Young winner Jacob DeGrom. This winter deGrom isn’t going anywhere but with Syndergaard back on the block, the Yankees would certainly make sense as a potential landing spot.
They’re a team that needs another ace type starter and even after trading away their top prospect Justus Sheffield the Yanks still have the pieces to acquire an arm like Syndergaard. Now I know it’s hard to imagine these two rivals ever agreeing on a trade for a player of Syndergaard’s caliber. But if the Mets could look past the rivalry for once and just focus strictly on getting the best return it would behoove them to consider the Yankees as a possible trade partner.
It’s not known why the Yanks won’t heavily pursue trading for Syndergaard, but if I had to guess it’s because they’d rather get another starter via free agency. Instead of trading away more highly touted prospects I think Brian Cashman and company would prefer to spend some money now that the organization is finally under the luxury tax threshold.
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For the first time in years staying under is no longer an issue this offseason so that means that the Yankees can go back to being the big spender’s everyone is used to them being. That means guys like Patrick Corbin, J.A Happ, and Dallas Keuchel are all options for the Yanks to sign if they want them.
The Mets are also said to have interest in signing one of these big free agent arms, but only if they can trade Syndergaard away first. That way they can get a nice haul of top-tier prospects or young big league players for Syndergaard and then replace him with another great starter who can still help them contend for a playoff spot next season. It’s not a bad idea if the Mets decided to go through with it.
As for the Yankees, I think they’re being smart staying away from Syndergaard or any other ace-type starters on the trading block. If they end up failing to sign Corbin or Happ as free agents they can always go back to pursuing trades for a Syndergaard or a Kluber but now that they have some money to spend they might as well go all in and spend it.