The New York Mets have always loved their starting rotation, and when healthy, it's the key to their success. However, they may be heading in another direction and seem willing to move power right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard, as he's garnering plenty of interest.
Just about every team would give the Mets a call regarding the staff ace, but here are four of the most likely destinations for Syndergaard.
4. Houston Astros
The Houston Astros had the best starting rotation in baseball last year, but with Dallas Keuchel and Charlie Morton entering free agency and Lance McCullers Jr. out for the 2019 season with Tommy John surgery, they have a real need for a starting pitcher.
Even though the Astros have made a couple big deals for starters Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole, they still have the prospect capital to get the deal done. You can't ignore this franchise, who wants to capitalize on this window to win.
3. Los Angeles Dodgers
Yes, the Los Angeles Dodgers. While the Astros were able to get their World Series title, LA is looking for their first since 1988. They have a big payroll and stars all over the diamond. What's one more? This is the kind of starter who could really put them over the top. Could you magine a top-of-the-rotation that features Clayton Kershaw, Thor and Walker Buehler?
2. Milwaukee Brewers
Last winter, the Milwaukee Brewers made a huge blockbuster deal for Christian Yelich, who ended up being the NL MVP. Now it's time to go big on a frontline starter. If they were inquiring about Jacob deGrom at the deadline, why wouldn't they switch their focus on his teammate?
The rotation was a weakness for the Brew Crew last year, so instead of nickel and diming it again and relying on the bullpen too much, it would be smart to invest in an ace who has three years of control left.
1. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres already have reported interest in Syndergaard, and with the top farm system in the sport, you can't count them out. They are still a few years away from truly contending, but adding Thor would close that gap and give them an anchor when they are ready to put their foot on the throttle. And come on, doesn't he have the look of someone who plays in San Diego?