The New York Mets traded veteran starting pitcher Jason Vargas on Monday, which led to immediate speculation that Noah Syndergaard and/or Zack Wheeler may end up staying put to join the newly-acquired Marcus Stroman as part of the team’s rotation down the stretch. That may happen, but the Mets are still listening to offers.
According to Tim Britton of The Athletic, the Mets were still shopping both Syndergaard and Wheeler even after trading Vargas.
It’s unclear what the Mets are trying to accomplish, and that is probably the way they want it to stay until Wednesday’s deadline. One line of thinking is that they acquired Stroman as a replacement for Syndergaard, while another is that they are gearing up for a playoff push despite being six games back in the NL wild card race.