Why trade for Thor…?
What separated the Yankees from other great American League teams in 2018 was their starting rotation. It couldn’t stack up to the combinations of Price/Eovaldi/Sale or Cole/Verlander/Keuchel/Morton. The Yankees realized they needed to make an upgrade so they have already gone out and added James Paxton to supplement Masahiro Tanaka and Luis Severino.
If the Rays are looking to contend in 2019 and beyond, they need to supplement Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow just as the Yankees did with Severino and Tanaka, and what better way to do it than by adding one of the best right-handed pitchers in all of baseball. Not only would he help the team immensely in 2019, but in 2020 and 2021 where he will be pitching alongside Snell, Glasnow, and Brent Honeywell.
That is a rotation that can carry you deep into October baseball. Making a move for Syndergaard now could drastically alter the trajectory of this franchise in the near future. Yes, they were going to compete in 2019, but with Thor they could be legitimate contenders.
Trading for one year of Goldy or Abreu only helps the Rays chase a wildcard berth in 2019, but damages their future.
Trading for three years of Syndergaard helps the Rays chase a playoff berth not only in 2019, but in 2020 and 2021. The duo of Syndergaard and Snell would be one of the best in baseball if not the best.