Of course, it would seem only in a dream that the Yankees and Mets could match up for a blockbuster trade.
The Mets surely would be sick watching Syndergaard dominate in the Bronx. And the Yankees would probably have to surrender more than most other teams to attain him from their rival neighbors call it a city tax.
But listening Walker, who was with the Mets for Syndergaard’s All-Star 2016 campaign and part of 2017, makes it sound like the 6-foot-6 fireballer might be worth the price.
Syndergaard is 4-1 in 11 starts with a 3.06 ERA this season.
The 25-year-old Texas native made just seven starts in 2017, dealing with tightness in his right biceps and a torn lat muscle in his right arm.
Syndergaard, who won’t be a free agent until 2022, has a career 2.92 ERA and strikes out 10.4 batters per nine innings.
Walker said Syndergaard has no problem pitching under the microscope in Queens and that he’d handle the Bronx just fine.
Yeah, absolutely, Walker said. Like I said, New York is New York, and obviously each year there’s going to be different expectations on each side of town, but a guy like Noah, he wouldn’t get rattled, I truly believe, by big situations, big stages and things like that.
They can afford to lose No. 1 tight end Zach Ertz and turn things over to intriguing free-agent pickup Richard Rodgers and/or even-more-intriguing rookie second-round pick Dallas Goedert.
And they can afford to lose top back Jay Ajayi and sub in 2017 undrafted rookie sensation Corey Clement, or even Darren Sproles or Wendell Smallwood.
Among that group, only Ertz made the Pro Bowl last season. He’s undoubtedly the most important weapon in quarterback Carson Wentz’s arsenal—especially considering the loss of promising backup Trey Burton—but they’ve already proved they’re deep enough to excel without him too.
In the two games they played without Ertz last season, the Eagles scored a combined 94 points against the Broncos and Rams.
There isn’t a receiver-running back duo like Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell, who in support of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger have been first-team All-Pros a combined six times in the last four years