New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard won’t be traded by Wednesday’s deadline, according to Joel Sherman.
After weeks of speculation swirling around him, Noah Syndergaard isn’t going anywhere after all.
The New York Mets have taken the 26-year-old right-hander off the trade market, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. That means Syndergaard will be staying in New York beyond Wednesday’s 4 p.m. EST trade deadline.
Syndergaard took the mound for the Mets on Tuesday and didn’t appear to be a pitcher bothered by all the trade talk. He went 7.1 innings against the Chicago White Sox, giving up just one unearned run while striking out 11 as the Mets won 5-2 in extra innings. After the game, he expressed confidence that he would remain a Met.
“I am. I don’t think anything’s going to happen,” he said. “It’s always in the back of my mind. I try not to harp on things that are outside of my control.”
Syndergaard is having the worst season of his five-year career in 2019 but has managed to turn things around recently. After ending May with an ERA hovering near five, he’s 4-1 in his last nine starts with a 3.07 ERA. He’s given up just four home runs since the start of June, the second-lowest rate in the Major Leagues behind Zack Greinke of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Syndergaard has another two years of team control beyond this season.
Just because Syndergaard is off the market, though, doesn’t mean Mets G=general manager Brodie Van Wagenen is going to be idle on Wednesday. Sherman reports that the club is still pursuing a trade involving right-handed pitcher Zack Wheeler. The 29-year-old Wheeler is 7-6 with a 4.71 ERA and is eligible for free agency after the season.
The Mets acquired Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday, giving them one of the most formidable pitching staffs in baseball with Syndergaard, reigning Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom and the All-Star Stroman. The club has won five games in a row entering play on Wednesday and is just five games out of the NL Wild Card race.