Brewers GM David Stearns said that he is happy with the depth of the rotation and that if the Brewers were to spend capitol on a pitcher it would have to be someone who could “lead the rotation”. Syndergaard (4-1, 3.06 ERA) is certainly capable of doing so. He is an ace when healthy, but often finds himself on the Disabled List. As of July 5th, Thor was placed on the DL with a strained ligament in his right index finger. He is expected to be back by the middle of July. This could make things complicated for the Mets to ship him out. Under normal circumstances a trade of this caliber would require top-tier prospects. The Brewers’ number one prospect is 2B Keston Hiura who would certainly be involved in the deal. Hiura was the Brewers 2017 First Round Pick (9th Overall) out of University of California – Irvine. He hit .371 out of rookie ball and the Midwest League. At 21 years-old, Hiura is expected to be ready for the big leagues at some point next season. If I were the Mets front office I would also heavily target Corbin Burnes or Freddy Peralta. Burnes is the Brewers number two prospect. The 23-year-old RHP out of St. Mary’s was dominant in 2017, posting a 1.67 ERA in 146 IP, with a 140/36 K/BB ratio between High-A and Double-A. If Burnes was too high of an asking price, Freddy Peralta would be a nice supplemental piece. The 21-year-old RHP maintained a 2.63 ERA with a 169/62 K/BB ratio in 120 IP between High-A and Double-A. Syndergaard would be under team control for the next three seasons. According to John Harper of the New York Daily News, sources say the Brewers, sensing a chance to make a big splash in October, are very interested in dealing for Syndergaard, though that was before he was placed on the DL.
If the injury to Thor were to make things too complicated, they could pursue his even more dominate teammate this season. deGrom (5-4, 1.85 ERA) has been outstanding this season, would be under team control for two more seasons and would require a less significant prospect package. The Brewers will more than likely have to part ways with Hiura or Burnes regardless, but deGrom would allow for a lesser prospect to go along with them, like OF’s Brett Philips or Corey Ray. The Brewers could lock down the division should they acquire an ace on their way to a potentially deep postseason run. As for the Mets, they are in a now loaded division with the rise of the Braves and Phillies to contend with the Nationals for the top of the NL East. The Mets should blow it up and trade both aces, as I do not see them contending in deGrom’s two-year window. They should base the rebuild on hitting as their strategy of getting elite starting pitching to lead the team proved to be inconsistent and injury riddled. Getting a guy like Keston Hiura would be a great start and would lock down second base for the foreseeable future.