Houston Astros: The prospect the team should trade for Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, being targeted by the Houston Astros (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, being targeted by the Houston Astros (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) /

The Houston Astros have reportedly been checking in on pitcher Noah Syndergaard. He’s not necessarily available but could be with the right offer. How much?

The Houston Astros have roughly two weeks to go before the MLB trade deadline and there’s no question that this team will be a part of it once it’s all said and done.  I don’t think there has been a scenario in the Jeff Luhnow-era where the Houston Astros weren’t on the sideline in such an important period to help improve the team.

It would expect nothing less during this period as the Houston Astros transition themselves through the midpoint of the season and the deal that’s struck is the one that you’d least expect to happen.

Although he’s still on the shelf, who would’ve called the Aledmys Diaz trade this past winter?  I certainly would have and he’s been incredible for the Houston Astros when healthy.  The team gave next to nothing for a guy that has a great bat and can play multiple positions out on the field.

And one of the more controversial moves the team made at the deadline last season was for closer Roberto Osuna.  The Houston Astros had to walk a fine line in order to bring him in as he was fighting — as well as serving a 75-game suspension — for alleged domestic violence charges with his then-girlfriend.  The charges have since been dropped as of late September and with him pitching so well, the situation has not disrupted any chemistry with the team and everything seems to be ho-hum on that front.

For an organization that is wildly concerned of protecting its image, it was a shocker to me that they brought him into the fold but they masterfully were able to handle the negative press diligently.  They also have a quality player with club control for years to come despite the opinions of many of what allegedly happened between him and his former significant other.

But what’s going to happen this time around before the deadline?

The whispers are getting louder about the Houston Astros targeting Noah Syndergaard MLB Insider Jon Morosi is reporting that the team is “intrigued” about bringing him in but there’s no confirmation that the New York Mets have made him available.

The Milwaukee Brewers — currently being run by former Luhnow assistant David Stearns — is also reportedly in on Syndergaard so it remains to be seen which team is going to have the goods to try to pry him away from a near-awful situation in the Big Apple.

What should the Houston Astros offer?

I’m sure the 40-51 Mets are looking for prospect package and I think Freudis Nova should headline the package coupled with a lower-level prospect.  I’m hoping that pushes them over the finish line but I think Kyle Tucker is way too high of a price for Syndergaard unless they’re sending something of equal of value back.

Syndergaard will make $6 million this season so the prorated amount the Houston Astros would potentially pay is around $3M.  He still has two years left of club control, two more rounds of arbitration, making him an attractive option for many ballclubs.

It remains to be seen if the Mets are going to offer him a contract extension or to try to reap some huge rewards for trading him away as the Mets can rebuild — which seems to have been the case for a while — for the future.

The 26-year-old hasn’t been pitching hot as of late — he has posted a 6-4 record, a 4.68 ERA while tossing 101 strikeouts and allowing 55 earned runs through 105.2 innings pitched in 17 starts.  His 3.98 FIP and 1.28 WHIP could definitely use some improvement though.

But let’s talk about the run support factor.

The Mets are near the middle of the pack in the majors in terms of the stats that matter.  They’re

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19th in runs (424), 18th in RBIs (412) and 17th in OPS (.755) so to be honest, his numbers should be a bit better than what they are.

However, who knows what could happen if this talented arm had a change of scenery.  I could see the Justin Verlander effect all over again and Syndergaard could be the latest Astros‘ pitcher success story.

You’d almost want to call it the Brent Strom effect if you ask me!

Gerrit Cole was a good pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates but since he has been with the Houston Astros, he has been a GREAT pitcher and he’ll likely be perennial All-Star if he decides to continue his illustrious career with the team.  He sounds engaged about it so let’s hope for the best with that notion.

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But whatever happens, I think Syndergaard is definitely worth targeting and he’s not impossible to go out and get.  There’s no question that he’d be a monumental addition to the team’s starting rotation.  It’s a matter of Luhnow connecting with rookie general manager Brodie Van Wagenen — a former sports agent himself — to get a deal done.  We’ll see.

It’s to go for it — bring in Thor — come on Houston Astros!