Mets “seriously considering” dealing Noah Syndergaard
The big news from Thanksgiving weekend was the news that the Mets could possibly trade one of the more exciting young pitchers in the game. According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, New York is “seriously considering” dealing Noah Syndergaard. The big righty has been nothing short of spectacular whenever he’s been able to pitch, but therein lies the rub. He’s made only 32 starts over the last two years and has one 30+ start season over his four-year career. On the other hand, he is going to be 26 in the 2019 season and has proven that he can throw like an ace. His big-time velocity gets the attention, but he’s good at everything. Syndergaard strikes batters out while not issuing walks and is well above-average on a rate basis by whichever metric you prefer. It ultimately comes down to how risky you view his health. If he’s truly available, you can never count Dave Dombrowski out. The Red Sox should absolutely be asking about him, but you have to go in knowing that any package they can reasonably put together starts with Rafael Devers. Syndergaard, for what it’s worth, is in his second arbitration year and is a free agent after the 2021 season.
Yusei Kikuchi to be posted on December 3
There is no Shohei Ohtani to be posted from Japan this season, but that’s because Shohei Ohtani is about a once-in-a-century player. This winter, the top player coming over from the NPB is right-handed pitcher Yusei Kikuchi. The posting process lasts a month with players now being able to negotiate with everyone since there is a cap on the final posting number. For Kikuchi, that process is going to start on December 3. Although he is not an ace-like pitcher according to most scouts, he can certainly be a mid-rotation arm that won’t cost a compensation pick. That is a very valuable thing, and since the Red Sox are presumably looking for a starting pitcher he could be a smart target for them. All indications are that they’ll pass, but again, you never know with Dombrowski.
Reds extend Raisel Iglesias
This is also from earlier in the holiday weekend, but the Reds extended one of the more underrated relievers in baseball last week. Raisel Iglesias and the Reds agreed to a three-year deal that bought out his remaining arbitration years. The deal is reportedly worth just north of $24 million, which still seems like a steal to me. Part of the reason I’m including this is simply because I’ve always loved Iglesias as a pitcher and don’t get much of a chance to write about him. Another reason is because he has long been a fringe potential trade target of the Red Sox. It makes sense, with the Reds having been a rebuilding squad for a long time now, but it doesn’t appear that will happen. Cincinnati is closer to contending than one may think, and with this contract extension it seems their plan is probably to do so with Iglesias in the back on their bullpen.