The Yankees would love to add Noah Syndergaard to their starting rotation, but the Mets would require their neighbors to pay a massive price.
Noah Syndergaard is exactly the sort of young, potentially dominant starting pitcher that Brian Cashman would love to add to the New York Yankees starting rotation. Unfortunately, he’s currently on the Mets. If Cashman and company want to bring Thor to the Bronx, it’s going to require them to send serious talent to Queens.
It’s fair to point out that the Mets front office would certainly prefer to send Syndergaard elsewhere. Watching him help the Yankees end their World Series drought would be extremely painful for everyone associated with New York’s NL franchise.
The good news for Mets fans is that multiple teams have already reached out to the team about Syndergaard. As such, they’ll absolutely have other options. Still, they’d be foolish not to consider a serious offer from the Yankees. There’s no indication that Cashman has thrown the Yankees’ hat in the ring as of yet, but it’s safe to assume he’ll engage his counterparts with the Mets.
The interesting question is exactly what sort of price the Yankees would need to pay to get a deal done. That’s our focus here. It’s important to note that our projection will include a premium that we believe the Mets would certainly demand. To put it simply, the Yankees would have to make a significantly better offer than any other franchise to get this deal done. Keep that in mind as you review our projection.
Estevan Florial, Jonathan Loaisiga and Chance Adams
Let’s not mince words here. This kind of move would come very close to gutting the Yankees farm system. Justus Sheffield has already been dealt to bring in James Paxton. That leaves Florial as the best trade chip left for Cashman to use. The Mets would love to get their hands on a potential All-Star center fielder. Florial is still a year or two away from the majors, but he comfortably profiles as an above average starter once he arrives.
Loaisiga has catapulted up to the No. 2 spot in the farm system. He showed flashes of brilliance in the big leagues last year, but he still needs a little more seasoning before he’s ready to take a full-time spot in the Yankees rotation. He might be ready to start for a rebuilding team like the Mets right away. In the framework of this deal, he’d give the Mets a young player to take Syndergaard’s spot sooner rather than later.
The identity of the third player headed in the Mets direction could go in several different directions. We went with Chance Adams as a young, controllable arm who could go right into the Mets bullpen.
This proposed trade shows just how costly acquiring Syndergaard would be for the Yankees. From our perspective, acquiring a slightly inferior option in free agency would be a better value play for Cashman and the front office. Let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Would you do this deal if you were the Yankees or Mets?