The Mets have a legitimate chance of being a threat to contend in 2019 IF they can manage to stay healthy, but health issues have been a recurring issue for the Mets.
There is a chance the Mets new front office would be interested in selling off one of their two top starting pitchers to slightly rebuild in some areas. The Mets have hired Brodie Van Wagenen as their future GM, and right now we do not have much of a clear idea of what Mr. Wagenen has in mind for the Mets moving forward.
There was a lot of speculation that somebody was going to land deGrom before the 2018 trade deadline, but the Mets front office belatedly made it clear they did not have any intentions of trading deGrom or Syndergaard.
That stance may change once the off-season begins, and if it does, the Braves won’t be the only team looking to fill a top-line starter role via deGrom or Syndergaard.
However, a deGrom trade could be even more unlikely since Brodie Van Wagenen was Jacob deGrom’s agent before the took the GM position with the Mets. Van Wagenen knows a lot about deGrom and his abilities, so there is a good chance he will want to keep deGrom around.
The Atlanta Braves GM Alex Anthopoulos traded for a Cy Young winner from the Mets in the form of R.A. Dickey when he was the GM for the Blue Jays. So, who’s to say that he won’t do the same thing by pulling the trigger on someone who might win the Cy Young or MVP like deGrom? Or maybe one of the pitchers he gave away in that R.A. Dickey trade: Noah Syndergaard?