We look at whether or not the San Diego Padres and New York Mets could lineup as trade partners this offseason to help each other out.
But a lot has changed since then and things have become a lot clearer.
While I believe San Diego would still love to trade for Syndergaard, the Mets have made it clear he’s not available as they are trying to contend going into 2020.
I still think if the Mets realize they’re the team out in a highly competitive NL East division, they might try to trade Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman during the season.
At that time the Padres could certainly be in play for either. But for now, it sounds like Thor is off limits.
As for Cespedes, it’s been quite an interesting offseason for him as it was reported his ankle injury came from an incident with a wild board.
And because of that, the Mets were able to cut his base pay for 2020 from $29.6 million to just $6 million. That number could go as high as $20 million if he makes 650 plate appearances, and there are other milestones that could see his salary go back up.
Still, it would be way too risky for the Padres to trade for someone like Cespedes, but the reward could be an All-Star outfielder with a cannon in left field.