Five Pitchers For Atlanta Braves To Consider At Trade Deadline

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 04: General manager Alex Anthopoulos and manager Brian Snitker #43 of the Atlanta Braves talk during batting practice prior to Game One of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on October 4, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 26: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets heads back to the dugout after he struck out Ozzie Albies #1 of the Atlanta Braves in the eighth inning on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

1. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard

The Mets have been in turmoil since the season started. During the offseason, the Mets claimed they were the team to beat in the NL East, but have yet to show that kind of ability, currently 13.5 games behind the Braves, virtually eliminated from any playoff hopes. With the harsh reality in front of the Mets, they have decided to maximize the talent they do have on the roster.

Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are the two prized jewels of the trade market so far. deGrom is coming off the NL Cy Young award where his record was 10-9 but his ERA was just 1.70. He seems less of a possibility of the pair of Mets pitcher. The haul for deGrom would be historic, and I don’t think the Braves are too keen on setting the Mets up for the future.

Syndergaard is a different story. He’s a player who the Braves may have to take a long look at and consider what the Mets are asking for. If the Braves could get another veteran starter who has World Series experience, that would be all the better for this rotation. I don’t think the asking price for Syndergaard would be cheap either, but a lot less than what Jacob deGrom would cost.

Prediction: I don’t think the Braves will be willing to take the dive on either of these pitchers. The Mets, most likely, would run up the price for the Braves, a division rival and team with World Series desires, too high for the Braves to consider this a good deal. I think the Braves are out on deGrom and Syndergaard.