Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Is Dismissive of Trade 'Mumbo Jumbo'

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Pitcher Noah Syndergaard Is Dismissive of Trade 'Mumbo Jumbo'

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DENVER — Noah Syndergaard is accustomed to trade rumors by now.

Syndergaard has already been traded once in his career, and there were rumors a few years back about Syndergaard potentially being traded for an impact bat.

The situation is different now with Syndergaard as an established major leaguer, and he's not concerning himself with what is being reported leading up to the July 31 trade deadline.

"To be quite honest, I haven't been paying much attention to that mumbo jumbo," Syndergaard said Wednesday at Coors Field. "I can only control what I can control. If that were to happen, that's completely outside what I'm capable of controlling."

Syndergaard is instead focused on returning to the Mets. He last started May 25 due to a right index finger strain, and resumed his throwing program Monday.

He threw from 120 feet prior to Wednesday's game against the Rockies.

"The symptoms have completely subsided," Syndergaard said. "Looks like I'm ready to go and get back on the mound and competing."

Trading Syndergaard -- or Jacob deGrom, for that matter -- would be a significant move for the Mets, and general manager Sandy Alderson has consistently expressed his belief that the Mets do not need to rebuild. Trading either one of those aces would signal a change in philosophy for a team with hopes of contending this year and beyond.

Syndergaard and deGrom would net the Mets a healthy package of young, controllable players. The Mets are more open to trading Syndergaard than deGrom since deGrom has a longer track record, and has proven to be more durable. Syndergaard has made only 18 starts dating to start of last season due to the torn lat he suffered last season, and the finger sprain in May. The 25-year-old felt it several innings into his last start on May 25 against Milwaukee, but said it did not affect his velocity or ability to control the ball.

Syndergaard is 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA in seven starts this season. …

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