Could a superhero be coming to LA?
The New York Mets are reportedly willing to deal starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Dodgers are one of the teams interested in the big right-hander, reports Andy Martino.
Marc Carig of The Athletic provided an idea of what it might take to acquire the 26-year-old:
Impression is that trading for Noah Syndergaard would require a top 30 prospect and a couple of other solid pieces, one rival exec said earlier today.
— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) July 25, 2019
It appears like a fairly reasonable asking price for a pitcher under team control through 2021, even with his struggles this season.
Syndergaard is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA, 3.64 FIP, 1.263 WHIP and 126 strikeouts in 20 starts (126.2 innings pitched). While his ERA would put him at the bottom among Dodger starters, his innings pitched and strikeouts put him at first and second, respectively.
As with any power pitcher, the injury risk is always there and that may cause the front office to be cautious with what they offer. The former All-Star has made at least 24 starts in three of his first four seasons and is on pace to do so again this year.
He did suffer a torn lat muscle in 2017, as well as a strained ligament in his finger in 2018.
Should the Dodgers trade for Syndergaard, he would slot into the starting rotation and give the team some insurance should Rich Hill not be able to return from injury.