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Tampa Bay Rays Rumors: Syndergaard Blockbuster

By Austin Reimann
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches during the third inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 23: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays makes a sliding catch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 23: Kevin Kiermaier #39 of the Tampa Bay Rays makes a sliding catch in the third inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on September 23, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) /

The Trade:

Yes, Kevin Kiermaier is involved in this trade… New York wants impactful position players in return. Jon Heyman hinted that they would like a center fielder in return. I have said before that I believe KK’s time in Tampa was coming to an end due to his shaky medical history and lengthy contract. In trading KK away, the Rays would free themselves of more than 40 million over the next 5 years.

But for the Mets, they get a cost controlled platinum glove defender for 4-5 years who may see renewed health playing on a natural surface on a daily basis.

Whoa, Matt Duffy too?!?! Yes, moving Matt Duffy this offseason is inevitable in my opinion and the Mets are a fit. The Rays ability to trade two MLB players that can play everyday in New York might just give them the edge in trade talks.

In talking with our friends over at The Rising Apple, they believe that Matt Duffy would be a great fit in New York. Kevin Kiermaier would become the starting center fielder and Brandon Nimmo would move to right field and Michael Conforto would stay in left. The Metz would like a right-handed hitter with pop and Nick Solak provides just that. At Double-A, he hit 19 homers and can play at second base or in the outfield.

The Rays #8 overall prospect, Shane McClanahan would also fit the demand for a quality pitcher. The 21-year-old South Florida product lives in the 97-100 MPH range and may be fast tracked to the bigs. He projects as a starter or a dominant closer and has drawn comparisons to Chris Sale for his unusual delivery.

This offer may not be substantial enough and instead of KK and Duffy, the Rays may float the names of Brendan McKay or Matthew Liberatore in trade talks to try to gain an edge over other suitors. The offer presented above was discussed with The Rising Apple due to the Mets’ desire for players that are at MLB ready or close to it. KK and Duffy are proven commodities that can help the Mets today.

Another prospect to mention would be the former 2nd round pick, Chris Betts. The Rays second best catching prospect put together a good 2018 season but is likely blocked by Ronaldo Hernandez and Mike Zunino. The Rays may be persuaded to add him into the mix.

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