Report: Mets exploring trading Noah Syndergaard, extending Zack Wheeler

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As the New York Mets continue to listen to offers for starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard, the front office is reportedly exploring a new strategy that could significantly shake up the pitching staff and the team’s long-term future.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, New York is exploring trading Syndergaard and filling the long-term void in the rotation by signing Zack Wheeler to a multi-year extension.

It could be a way for the Mets to maximize the potential return they would get from dealing one of their starting pitchers and help them avoid needing to fill that rotation spot next season.

Syndergaard hasn’t had the greatest of success this season with a 4.33 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 20 starts. However, the 26-year-old has flashed elite stuff throughout his career and many teams around the league likely believe their coaching staff could help him return to his top form.

Wheeler has reportedly been on the trade block for weeks, but a recent stint on the injured list with a shoulder impingement and his expiring contract have limited his trade value. He holds a 4.69 ERA this season, but excelled last season with a 3.31 ERA.

New York would likely lose Wheeler when he hits free agency, so this option could be the best-case scenario for the front office if they can execute it properly. Given how the season has unfolded, it’s tough for New York’s fan base to have any confidence that happens.