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After the New York Mets lost the World Series in 2015, it looked as if it was the beginning of a dynasty rather than the peak for that particular roster. Fast forward three years later and aside from an exit at the wild card playoff game the following year, they have been a bottom of the division team unable to make the playoffs. They have owners who refuse to spend, a low ranked farm system and are in a division with the rising Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies, not to mention the Washington Nationals. All three teams have better rosters and farm systems. It’s time for a rebuild and to do so by trading their two best assets, starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard & Jacob DeGrom.
Syndergaard is controllable through arbitration until 2021 and DeGrom until 2020. Teams would be lining up to land either ace with these contracts. Can you imagine the haul that they can receive by trading both?! Each one would be the top starting pitcher available, and they can market both of them! They wouldn’t be able to trade both to the same team (due to the team being almost certainly unwilling to give up the needed pieces), but they could trade them to different teams and end up with a top 10 farm system. What teams come to mind specifically?
The Los Angeles Dodgers with Clayton Kershaw’s uncertain future, would likely be willing to make a move. The New York Mets could land a package headlined by Walker Buehler and Alex Verdugo. The St. Louis Cardinals could put themselves ahead of Milwaukee and the Chicago Cubs by acquiring a proven ace to pair with Carlos Martinez atop their rotation. They could send a package headlined by Jack Flaherty and/or Luke Weaver.
Speaking about the Milwaukee Brewers, they could send Corbin Burnes and Freddy Peralta as part of the package for either New York Mets ace. Acquiring a proven ace would lift Milwaukee further over St. Louis and Chicago. Could the Houston Astros attempt to create the greatest rotation in history by dangling Kyle Tucker?
The Philadelphia Phillies could try to do an in-division trade by offering a package headlined by Sixto Sanchez. The Washington Nationals could do the same by offering Victor Robles (if they’re willing to replace Bryce Harper after this season with Michael A. Taylor).
I don’t think that they should stop there. They should also trade Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, Asdrubal Cabrera & Jeurys Familia. They might have to eat some money to trade Bruce and Frazier but can you imagine the farm system that they would have after trading all of these players?
What do you think?
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