Ever since the Mets' season went downhill for the second straight​ year in 2018, trade rumors have been swirling around their top starting pitchers. 

With teams willing to pay a premium for young controllable starting pitching, Noah Syndergaard has become one of the hottest names on the market, as ​everyone prepares their best offers for New York.

And, as it appears the Mets are preparing to actually say goodbye to their ace, here come the offers. Houston and Chicago, two genuine contenders, are among the half-dozen teams that are all over this opportunity.

The Astros and Cubs are both interesting trade partners for the Mets, because New York still intends to contend this year, and they've been rumored to be interested in quality major league talent rather then prospects. 

Some of the rumored trades for Syndergaard could become one-for-one player swaps, with him going to Astros for a player like Carlos Correa or to the Cubs for Kris Bryant. 

The Mets are not going to make a rash trade of a pitcher as talented as Syndergaard, though, who has become a fan-favorite with his ​social media exploits and the nickname of Thor. 

Still, Syndergaard represents their best asset to bringing multiple talented pieces into the organization to fill their various holes. 

​​Mets new GM Brodie Van Wagenen is likely to hold off on completing any Syndergaard trade now, with the Winter Meetings just a few weeks away. 

If a Syndergaard trade becomes imminent, there will be no greater story to come out of this year's Winter Meetings.