The Houston Astros are among a half-dozen teams who are considered serious suitors for New York Mets right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard.
It makes a lot of sense for the Astros to have interest in Syndergaard, and you have to consider them one of the more likely destinations if the Mets end up seriously shopping the talented frontline starter.
The Noah Syndergaard rumors are still churning. https://t.co/uYGbvuByAc— SI MLB (@si_mlb) November 23, 2018
However, if the Astros and Mets go down the road with this trade, it'll cost Houston the farm, which they shouldn't be willing to sell in any deal for Syndergaard.
The first two names you'd have to include in return if you are the Mets are the Astros' two top prospects, outfielder Kyle Tucker and right-handed pitcher Forrest Whitley. That would end the conversation if I were Houston, as Tucker and Whitley have the tools to become future All-Stars.
Team to watch out for in Noah Syndergaard. Astros. If they would part with Tucker and Whitley. They would get the player. That would be a great trade by the Mets. Doubt Astros would move both. I think yanks could best the package if they only included one.— Giancarlo will be MVP 2019 (@JoeG_32) November 21, 2018
I realize Syndergaard has three years of control remaining and he can sit at the top of any rotation, but you can't ignore Thor's injury history. He's made 30 starts just one time, and he's never accumulated 200 innings in a season. If I'm giving up my top two prospects, I better be getting a guy who can go to the post once every fifth day and rack up innings.
You understand the Astros wanting to put their best foot forward and try to better their roster to win a championship once again, but it's risky to clean out your farm system for the hear and now.
No, you shouldn't hoard your prospects, but these two specifically are game-changers and shouldn't be moved, especially for a starter you can't completely depend on.