Would the Mets really trade Noah Syndergaard?
It is believed that new Mets GM, Brodie Van Wagenen, is willing to part ways the talented righty. With Syndergaard’s name in play this winter, the Mets may have numerous options to sort through from the Padres, Astros, Cubs, etc. but the Rays do line up with their needs extremely well.
Even if the Mets want more in the way of prospects and are not interested in Matt Duffy, the Rays could still offer other numerous other pieces. I think it is possible that Brendan McKay’s name is thrown around in trade talks and I also think it is possible the Rays trade him. In my opinion, the only untouchable prospects would be Wander Franco, Brent Honeywell, Jesus Sanchez, Ronaldo Hernandez, and possible Vidal Brujan.
That still leaves Solak, McCarthy, Betts, McKay, and any other pitching prospects available. The Rays have a lot of pieces for the Mets to choose from which may work to their advantage. If this becomes a bidding war, I wouldn’t expect the Rays to bow out early like they probably would in discussions for Abreu or Goldschmidt.