With the trade deadline now less than three weeks away, the rumors of the hot stove are beginning to fly around the baseball world. This is when Twitter, more often than not a terrible place to spend your free time, becomes extremely interesting and is guaranteed to deliver some excitement. Many of the reports that will be tweeted out will have little to absolute zero chance of actualizing, but that does not stop us from getting way too excited about them.
A great example is a report from yesterday regarding Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard who has long been subject to trade talk. Things have not gone great for the Mets since their appearance in the 2015 World Series, so naturally the idea of maximizing value from a controllable star is always a possibility. The reality is that with Mets front office stating there is “minimal urgency” to move him and they would need to be “wowed” by an offer, there is little chance that an trade proposal will meet the high standards. Thanks to a great quote tweeted out by Ted Berg yesterday, we have a very specific comparison to put these standards in context.
Mets execs are listening intently on Noah Syndergaard but have been disappointed to hear nothing out of the ordinary. "Just a heartbeat and some breathing," said one. "We kinda hoped it'd be Norwegian death metal or some wild shit like that."
— Ted Berg (@OGTedBerg) July 11, 2019
I personally have never listened to Norwegian death metal but my guess is that it is very intense. Given the awesomeness of this analogy I decided I needed to attempt to give it life in the form of a Reds trade offer. I know the Reds pitching has been superb this year and if anything the team could use more offense. But you can never have enough good pitching and Syndergaard has been very good over the course of his career. So with the help of baseballtradevalues.com (thanks to Sliotar for posting this in the comments this week), let’s see if we can start a Nordic mosh pit for the Mets front office.
Trade Proposal #1: Pop Punk
Plugging Syndergaard into the rotation for Desclafani immediately makes the Reds pitching staff better, which is scary to think about. Thor has not pitched up to his normal standards so far this year but he still carries much more value and talent than Disco. Desclafani has pitched well this year but seems destined for a 4/5 starter role at best. While it is certainly not the career many Reds fans had in mind after his breakout 2015 season, it is really a credit to Desclafani that he has rebuilt as much value as he has after missing nearly two years from injury.
Along with Desclafani, I have the Reds throwing in Jose Peraza, because somehow he has pretty sizable trade value according to this website. The Mets have gotten very poor offensive production from shortstop so maybe they would be willing to take a chance on Jose finding his 2018 form.
The biggest chip in this proposal is obviously Taylor Trammell. I wholeheartedly agree with Wes Jenkins that Trammell should not be traded, but for the purposes of this exercise I wanted to keep the team’s current production intact as much as possible. If the Reds really think they have a shot at the playoffs this season, then this would be one potential route they could go. Coming back to reality though, I think the Mets would consider this more like Yellowcard than Gehanna, Zyklon or Thou Shalt Suffer. I’m actually not sure how this trade got approved in the first place.
Trade Proposal #2: Crazy Train
For the Mets to even consider trading Syndergaard, they will need a better reason than just a top prospect and some throw-ins. I suspect they will want at least one established player to go along with some good prospects. Taking Trammell, Greene and India off the table might be a deal breaker, but this would be the next best thing to see coming out of the Reds farm system. Santillan, Stephenson and Siri came in at 5, 6 and 7 according to FanGraphs over the past winter. Oh, and Eugenio Suarez isn’t half-bad either.
With Suarez gone, this would definitely hurt the immediate future and would decimate the current lackluster offense even more. The remaining position players would basically need to have career second-halves for the Reds to stay in the playoff hunt. But with the addition of Gimenez coming over from New York the Reds would give themselves a shot at a better long term shortstop than what they currently have in the organization. It would also open the door for Jonathan India at third base. Since Suarez is one of the best trade chips the Reds have to offer, this proposal might get close to Black Sabbath status. Now we just need to get further north…
Trade Proposal #3: Party in Oslo
Fake blockbusters are always fun to speculate about and this would certainly qualify as a blockbuster. Senzel, Greene and India would no doubt get the Mets attention, not to mention Mahle who is also a potential #3 starter. This is a really extreme example that poses a lot of risk for the Reds both in the short-term and long-term. Even with the addition of Ronny Mauricio as a higher-ceiling shortstop prospect and a throw-in reliever Robert Gsellman, the Reds would lose four potential pieces to the next competitive team while only gaining one known commodity who could be hurt or past his best years.
Surely there is a scenario where this trade could work out for the Reds long-term. Personally, I hope that is not the case and would not consider making this trade. I am not sure if this is what the Mets mean by Norwegian death metal, but this is my best guess and I do not like it. I think I’ll stick to the Grateful Dead.