The 2018 MLB Winter Meetings created no shortage of buzz around the baseball world as rumors of a possible deal that would send New York Mets star Noah Syndergaard to the New York Yankees surfaced.
As it turns out, though, Thor isn't the only one of their crosstown rival's arms the Bronx Bombers have their eyes on.
This comes after the Yankees lost out on free-agent pitchers Patrick Corbin (who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals) and Nathan Eovaldi (who re-signed with the Boston Red Sox on a four-year, $68 million deal). Per Jon Heyman of Fancred, New York did not want to go longer than three years for Eovaldi.
New York will continue to explore the starting pitching market whether it be via free agency or trade.
Syndergaard, who went 13-4 with a 3.03 ERA in 2018, figures to be one of the Mets' most valuable trade chips, but he's not the only pitcher the team can dangle.
Coming off a Cy Young Award campaign, Jacob deGrom would draw plenty of interest if New York made him available. However, The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal reported last month that the Mets will not consider trading their ace unless they determine they will not be able to sign him to an extension. He is currently under club control through the 2020 season.
Meanwhile, Zack Wheeler provides the Mets with another bargaining chip. The right-hander has worked his way all the way back from 2015 Tommy John surgery and returned to form this past season. He went 12-7 with a 3.31 ERA in 29 starts in 2018, going 9-1 with a 1.68 ERA in 11 second-half starts. While the 28-year-old provides good depth behind deGrom and Syndergaard, he is entering the final year of his contract.
Don't forget about Steven Matz, either. The former second-round pick had a 3.97 ERA and a 1.247 WHIP in 30 starts this year, striking out 152 batters in 154 innings. Most notably, he posted a 3.38 ERA in 18 starts prior to the All-Star break. The 27-year-old Matz still has three years of club control.
It's important to note that while the Yankees may be interested in some of the Mets' pitchers, the two New York clubs have not made a trade with each other since 2004, per the New York Daily News' Kristie Ackert.