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For several weeks, Mets' thinking about trading deadlines was pretty clear and straightforward. They expected to move Zack Wheeler along with possibly Jason Vargas and Todd Frazier . They heard Noah Syndergaard, Edwin Diaz and others, but dramatic movements remained unlikely.
Then Thursday brought a flood of reports indicating that the team had become more open to changing over from Syndergaard until July 31
What can a Mets fan think of all this?
It is clear that Syndergaard will not be Met in the long run. We've heard this for months from plugged people. In addition, a team simply does not discuss a player in these many trade talks – remember the blockbuster J.T. Realmuto / Yankees discussions last December? – if it does not want to move him finally.
Syndergaard has two more years of team control after this season and will almost certainly be gone. But now?
"We are all discussing except Alonso, McNeil, and deGrom, and that includes Noah," a team source said Thursday.
A few weeks ago, the Mets came to the conclusion that they would not move Syndergaard in the season unless they were hit by an offer – and they had not expected anyone to blow them out.
Since that time, Madison Bumgarner and Trevor Bauer have probably disappeared from the trading market, and interest in Syndergaard was stronger than expected. Wheeler's shoulder injury has deterred several potential candidates.
"Considerable," said a rival GM when asked how much the IL-Stint had damaged Wheeler's value. "He can help on Friday [when he returns] but not reclaim everything."
"It all depends on what his medication looks like," said another GM.
And now, according to the sources, the Blue Jays tell interested teams that they could expand instead of acting Marcus Stroman .
This combination of circumstances has increased the likelihood that someone will eventually knock the Mets off with a bid for Syndergaard.
] The argument for retaining Syndergaard is that it will earn $ 8.5 to $ 11 million next year, according to one source. This is an excellent value for a pitcher of his caliber. As of Thursday, the Front Office was not engaged in fierce talks about Syndergaard, but believed that it had more than enough time to complete a deal before the deadline.
According to sources, the teams that best fit together and expressed interest in Syndergaard are the Dodgers, Rays, Padres, Yankees, and Braves (the Mets sent Omar Minaya to Atlanta's Affiliate). The Astros, Brewers and Twins are also interested, but the Mets are skeptical that these teams can put together an adequate package.
The Yankees are in their interest a wildcard company and ready to discuss top pitching perspectives. Deivi Garcia but skeptical that the Mets will trade with them. Many in the league share this skepticism, but one Mets person backed away and said, "Why should we send Omar [Minaya] to Garcia if we do not deal with them?" would be prepared to build a package around Garcia and Outfield Prospect Estevan Florial but that would not satisfy the Mets. The Yankees still want to be busy with Wheeler.
In terms of Wheeler, the team did not rule out keeping it, as SNY previously reported. If Wheeler's IL stay kills his commercial value, the Mets could offer him a qualified offer or even offer him a contract extension.
According to sources – and this is the last time we use this sentence in this story – Wheeler is open to an extension that has changed since the beginning of this month.
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