Does your team need an ace-caliber starting pitcher for a potential World Series run? Well the search for one may be coming to an end very soon.
Per reports, the New York Mets are open to trading either Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard for the right package. The idea of either of these two being traded once seemed unthinkable, but given the current state of their abysmal team and equally abysmal farm system, the Mets would be wise to cash in at least one of these lottery tickets. If I were a betting man, I would put my money on deGrom being the odd man out in New York.
Jacob deGrom is one of the best starting pitchers in baseball, and he would give any team a formidable arm in their starting rotation. His track record speaks for itself, but speaking from experience, he is one of the most dominant and composed pitchers I have ever seen. Even on the rare occasions when he doesn’t have his best stuff, he will still battle and provide a quality start. That is the mark of a true ace pitcher.
Seeing is believing right? Not only did you just watch the Mets ace “deGrominate” the Cubs, but you also got an idea of how he battles when his stuff isn’t working. The man worked his way out of two separate bases-loaded jams, including one where he struck out Kris Bryant, Wilson Contreras, and Kyle Schwarber. On second thought, you can’t have him.
All kidding aside, at 29, deGrom is entering the prime of his career, and can still be controlled for the next two and a half seasons before hitting free agency. To put it simple, he won’t come cheap in a trade. To acquire the Mets ace, a team will need to give up a massive haul of top prospects. It’s a hefty price to pay, but if deGrom helps the team to a World Series title, it will be more than worth it.
The trade deadline is just under two months away, but the speculation is already heating up. The New York Mets are about to be open for business, and although it may break their fan’s hearts to trade someone like Jacob deGrom, the move will likely pay off huge dividends. Do you want “The deGrominator” on your team? Who are you willing to give up to get him? The floor is yours.
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