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Report: Mets’ next move will be Noah Syndergaard trade

The New York Mets don’t appear to be done ahead of the MLB trade deadline.

According to Bob Klapisch of the New York Times, the Mets are planning to make their next move a Noah Syndergaard trade, and any effort to move starter Zack Wheeler has been moved to the backburner.

According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Mets have been deep in discussions with the San Diego Padres, with center fielder Manuel Margot a part of talks.

The news comes after the Mets landed Marcus Stroman from the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman is under team control through 2020, so it’s a move for next season as much as this one. To get Stroman, the Mets traded two key pitchers from their farm system, and trading Syndergaard would allow them to replenish that quickly. If they’re aiming for immediate contention, trading one of the best pitchers in baseball while keeping a pending free agent in Wheeler doesn’t make a lot of sense, but they clearly have some sort of vision in mind.

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