Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is hungry for starting pitching. He already traded for Seattle Mariners left-hander James Paxton and tried to sign free-agent left-hander Patrick Corbin, who is going to the Nationals on a six-year, $140 million contract.
If Cashman wants to trade for another arm, there are some interesting options on the market, including Cleveland Indians right-hander Corey Kluber, Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke and San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner.
But after dealing for second baseman Robinson Cano and closer Edwin Diaz, Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen sounds inclined to hold on to Syndergaard.
“He’s critical to what we’re trying to do now,” Van Wagenen said. “I think it would have to be very special circumstances for us to even consider moving Noah Syndergaard. This deal puts us in a position where now we want to build around this core.”
When asked what the return would have to be on a Syndergaard trade, chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon replied: “Big. Big.”
“He’s a very important part of the team,” Wilpon said. “And unless Brodie gets what he feels is more than fair, I don’t think he’s going to make a deal to pull the trigger on that.”