BREAKING: New York Jets S Jamal Adams requests a trade (Report)

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

Adams once again voiced his displeasure with his current contract situation and now has reportedly requested a trade from the New York Jets.

Per ESPN’s Rich Cimini, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has requested a trade, reportedly doing so on Thursday.

This marks yet another turn in the roller-coaster saga between Adams and the Jets, one that was spinning on Thursday even before reports of the safety’s request emerged.

Adams returned to an Instagram post released by Bleacher Report’s NFL page (@brgridiron) that featured the concept of Cleveland Browns defender and fellow 2017 draftee Myles Garrett receiving a long-term deal this offseason. Last week, Adams commented on the post, remarking that Garrett’s potential big deal was “well deserved” and added “I can’t even get my first proposal that they said they would send over in January…I was called ‘selfish’ tho [sic]! Lol A lot of talk no action #StayWoke.”

In his Thursday return to the post, Adams made his intentions clear in a response to a fan, who indicated that not even defending Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, another 2017 draft pick, has received a long-term deal from the Kansas City Chiefs yet.

“I deserve to be paid but when I ask to be taking [sic] care of I’m ‘BEING THAT GUY’ huh?” Adams said.

Only pick from 2017’s first round, Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey, has earned a new deal beyond his rookie contract, having inked a four-year, $64 million extension in April. Such a deal made him the highest-paid running back in NFL history.

Adams referenced both Mahomes and McCaffrey in his Thursday discourse.

“Pat is about to get 40 to 60 (million) a year. Well deserved. But don’t compare me to QB’s if you aren’t paying me QB money. (Expletive), if I was about to get 40 plus u [sic] wouldn’t hear a damn word from me,” he said. “CM22 got paid not too long ago. Well deserved. Great friend of mine.”

“Ima [sic] protect myself just like an organization will look out for themselves at the end of the day & if you guys don’t respect that, cool.”

“It’s all luv [sic]. Maybe it’s time to move on!”

Jets management has been quiet about getting Adams a long-term deal, save for general manager Joe Douglas declaring back at February’s NFL Scouting Combine that preliminary talks had been held and that the goal was to make Adams “a Jet for life”. Cimini indicated that the Jets currently have no plans to give in to Adams’ request, but hints Adams could hold out of training camp.

It has been theorized that Adams wishes to become the highest-paid safety in football. The label currently belongs to Chicago’s Eddie Jackson ($14.6 million a year).

[UPDATE: 6:15 p.m. ET] Adam Schefter, also of ESPN, has revealed seven destinations on Adams’ wish list. The Dallas Cowboys, per Schefter, have reentered the fold after being involved in rumors around last season’s trade deadline. With the exception of the Cowboys, each of the teams on Adams’ list reached the 2019-20 NFL playoffs.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: A Jamal Adams contract defeats this offseason’s purpose

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

The New York Jets’ transaction log, including the latest add Joe Flacco, demonstrates just why a new Adams deal isn’t instantly feasible.

After Friday’s reported signing of quarterback Joe Flacco, the New York Jets have added 15 new players during this 2020 NFL offseason.

Notably absent among the transactions is a long-term deal for Jamal Adams.

The roller-coaster saga between the star defender and his New York employers went for another spin last week, as reports emerged that Adams and his camp were miffed that a long-term deal had not been completed yet. This reopened trade rumors that initially ignited last fall, ones that saw the Dallas Cowboys emerge as the top Adams suitors, ones that caused some hurt feelings between the two sides.

One of general manager Joe Douglas’ primary duties since a rocky 1-7 has been rehabilitating the relationship between management and Adams. Cooler heads have mostly since prevailed, the most prominent example being Douglas’ declaration that he wanted to make Adams “a Jet for life” at the NFL Scouting Combine.

New York Jets, Jamal Adams
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In the midst of the supposed drama, Adams has voiced little, if any, concerns about a potential future with the Jets. After a weekend of possibly sleepless nights, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport granted Jets fans a Memorial Day gift by declaring that there “isn’t any traction” between New York and Dallas vis a vis an Adams deal.

The Jets want an extension. Adams, by all indications, wants it. The fans obviously want it.

But it’s not in the cards right now from a franchise standpoint.

Adams’ performance has nothing to do with it. The safety has established himself as the face of New York football, a practitioner of the hard-hitting finesse that metropolitan fans have come to adore and expect from their defensive stars. His status as a New York legend, at least until he plays a playoff game in green, was perhaps solidified during the 2019 Pro Bowl proceedings. Adams pranced around Orlando like a kid at Christmas, taking out years of tri-state frustration on Pat Patriot before winning game MVP honors alongside future Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes.

But that’s exactly the “issue”: Adams has established himself as a premiere, long-term NFL talent. His comrades in green have not.

Of the Jets’ free agents signings, a combined 15 new contracts bestowed to newcomers and returnees alike, all but one (the three-year, $27 million deal earned by Connor McGovern) is either a one-year deal or armed with an out after the upcoming season (McGovern’s comes after two). This is an apparent indication that the Jets are zooming in the short-term aspirations of their star-crossed franchise.

Going all in on the immediate future is a luxury often afforded solely to teams that are in Super Bowl contention or are at most the proverbial “one more away”. No one’s arguing that the Jets have reached that point. Even with the uncertainty looming in New England and extra playoff capital granted, asking the Jets to end their playoff drought is going to be a tall task.

If and when we get a 2020 season, it should be almost like a tryout for the next phase of the Jets’ reboot. Numbering the steps would be an exercise in futility, but the Jets feel like they’re closer than ever to the one that finally yields profit. Adams leads a developing defense alongside fellow veteran and All-Pro C.J. Mosley. Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell provide a rare instance of having two backfield saviors.

Last season proved that this group consisted of mere star athletes, not miracle workers. If the Jets were truly going to contend and take over the post-Tom Brady AFC, they needed to have consistent options available at every slot in the depth chart.

The Jets thus wisely used their offseason capital on finding such solutions, primarily ones that were going to make the jobs of a long-suffering offense a lot easier. McGovern was added alongside single-year men and fellow blockers Greg Van Roten and George Fant. Accomplished veteran insurance came in the form of Joe Flacco and Frank Gore. December’s breakout receiver Breshad Perriman can be a veteran target for Darnold.

New York Jets, Jamal Adams
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Such options even revealed themselves at home. Bless Austin was a sixth-round steal from Rutgers. Jordan Jenkins, Neville Hewitt, James Burgess, Brian Poole, and Arthur Maulet each earned invitations to stay for another year.

Thus, the 2020 season will be a test, one of strength and mettle. With these one-year deals, Douglas has told those who signed them that there is a chance that they can be the ones to finally put the Jets back in football’s more refined residencies. But, if they want to do that, they’re going to have to prove it.

Adams is far beyond that stage.

If the Jets need to convince Adams that a long-term deal isn’t feasible right now, they should tell him that his spot in New York is secure and that there’s a plan. That plan will go through some lean times, but it’s a plan nonetheless, one where those invited on one-year deals will have to prove themselves worthy of suiting up alongside Adams for the new decade.

The Jets might not even be done assembling this team of tryouts as is. After all, they’re still armed with just below $15 million in cap space (not counting the newest deal for Flacco). They reportedly brought in the backup quarterback less than a week ago and would be wise to peruse the remaining veteran market on receivers (Demaryius Thomas, Taylor Gabriel, Paul Richardson) and linebackers (Markus Golden, Nigel Bradham).

Simply put the Jets could be in a better position to succeed, perhaps even this season, if they keep on building. Doing so would conflict with Adams’ apparent goal of being the NFL’s top-paid safety. Barring any cap slashes, it would hard to deal a majority of the remaining cap space solely to Adams right now while continuing to prepare for more immediate endeavors.

Barring anything truly disastrous, things seem to continually trend in the direction of an Adams extension. There have been bumps in the road, but no uncontrollable fires thus far. The fact of the matter is that, right now, the Jets have the leverage in this situation, and it would be silly for either side to truly challenge or exploit that. Jamal Adams is far beyond the current New York plan of one-year “prove it” deals. There’s a time and place for an extension…it simply isn’t this very moment.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

New York Jets: S Jamal Adams long-term contract talks stall (Report)

New York Jets, Jamal Adams

With long-term contract discussions reportedly at an impasse, the New York Jets might be seeking a deal for the All-Pro defender.

The Jamal Adams roller-coaster saga has reportedly taken another turn.

According to longtime NFL reporter Gary Myers, Adams and the New York Jets could be reaching a point of no return when it comes to a long-term deal for the defender. Myers claims that the Jets have no plans to give Adams such a deal this offseason and ESPN’s Rich Cimini confirmed that the timing has Adams and his group feeling sour. Both Myers and Cimini reported that a trade is possible and that timing, not money, has been the biggest issue of the proceedings thus far.

Adams, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract inked in 2017, though the Jets picked up his fifth-year option last month. Jets general manager Joe Douglas has repeatedly stated this offseason that he hopes to keep Adams for the long-term.

While eventful, the 2020 offseason has been one that has seen little traction in terms of long-term deals for the Jets. Of the 14 veterans signed this offseason, only one has a guaranteed contract beyond this season (offensive lineman Connor McGovern, who signed a three-year, $27 million deal that has a potential out after two seasons). All others were either one-year deals or good for two seasons with a potential out after one. The Jets currently hold just under $15 million in cap space after their splurging. Adams is due to make $3.5 million in guaranteed money in 2020.

The defender is seeking a long-term deal that would likely make him the highest-paid safety in the league. Chicago’s Eddie Jackson currently holds the honor at $14.6 million per year. Adams’ name surfaced in trade talks at last season’s deadline, with the Dallas Cowboys emerging as the most prominent contenders. Any potential trade for Adams would have to include the caveat of the desired long-term contract.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Report: New York Jets have had trade discussions about Marcus Maye

New York Jets, Marcus Maye

The New York Jets could in a bit of a bind when it comes to their top free safety, who is set to be a free agent in 2021.

Per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets have engaged in trade talks centered around starting free safety Marcus Maye.

Maye has been a solid contributor to the Jets since joining the team a second-round draft pick (39th overall) in 2017. The Florida alum has earned 178 tackles, 11 pass breakups, and four interceptions over the last three seasons. He has formed a strong relationship with fellow starting safety and SEC alum Jamal Adams, with the two forming a formidable duo in the secondary.

But with both defenders set to enter the final year of their rookie contracts and a big payday potentially coming Adams’ way, it appears that the Jets will at least try to get something for Maye before he potentially leaves for nothing in free agency. Mehta’s report said that both head coach Adam Gase and general manager Joe Douglas engaged in trade talks involving Maye, but no such deals were made. Maye would recover from an injury-riddled 2018 campaign to pick up 65 tackles, seven breakups, and an interception last year.

Adding to the case in trading for Maye is the fact the Jets bolstered their secondary depth this offseason. During the third round of last month’s draft, New York chose versatile safety Ashtyn Davis from Cal-Berkeley (68th overall). Davis earned all-Pac-12 honors over his last two seasons with the Golden Bears and also doubled as the team’s returner. The Jets also added cornerbacks in both the draft (fifth-rounder Bryce Hall) and free agency (Pierre Desir, Brian Poole).

Adams’ fifth-year option would set the Jets back $9.8 million if they choose to pick it up in 2021. Preliminary discussions have been held about a long-term extension or the franchise tag could be used (at the risk of an Adams holdout).

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Brooklyn Nets: Why the Media Continues to Breakdown KD to Nets Decision

Kevin Durant, Brooklyn Nets

If you are a Brooklyn Nets fan in the Tri-state area, you are most likely in the minority. The majority of people in Manhattan are Knicks fans. Even the majority of people in their 20s in New Jersey are Knicks fans since many of their parents were Knicks fans, and many former NJ Nets fans swore off the franchise after their move to Brooklyn. It is 100% a fact that MSG is the Mecca of basketball and the Knicks are a more popular franchise, both now and historically than the Brooklyn/NJ Nets. These facts make it extremely difficult for Knicks fans and the NYC media to fully accept Durant’s choice to play for the Nets over the Knicks.

It has been close to 10 months since Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving’s announcement to sign with the Brooklyn Nets. While this shocked the entire NBA community, it had a lasting effect on New York Knicks fans and the local NYC sports media. Reasons were spun as to why KD chose the lesser popular franchise of the two; Durant and Irving couldn’t handle the spotlight at MSG, they didn’t want to take on the Knicks challenge, Kevin Durant is too sensitive, the list goes on. At the time, this was all conjecture as to why the Knicks whiffed on superstars (again). With all the information we know now, let’s break down the practical reasons as to why Durant might have chosen Brooklyn over NYC.

3 Reasons Justifying Durant’s Decision to Sign with Nets

The Ineptitude of the New York Knicks

In a recent interview with The Athletic, former Brooklyn Net Jared Dudley said that “if the Knicks are run halfway decent, they get KD and Kyrie. Like, (the Nets) literally had to do everything right and they got them.” (full article here) Dudley’s simplistic explanation makes perfect sense on the surface; the Nets, in the past 2-3 years, have been a better run organization than the Knicks. Coming off a surprising 2018-19 playoff appearance, the Nets appeared to be on the rise and growing a winning culture. The Knicks were coming off one of their worst seasons in franchise history, with no real leadership, both on the court and in the front office. Many Knicks fans will argue that no matter how messed up the front office is, the aura of the Knicks is still greater than 95% of other franchises in the NBA, but this decision proved that just being “the Knicks” will not bring in superstar level talent.

Kyrie Made the Decision (for KD) To Play in Brooklyn

Weeks before the decision, a report came out that James Dolan and the Knicks would not be interested in just retaining the services of Kyrie Irving, but would only want to bring him in if Durant joined. There were never any reports from the Nets claiming to be unhappy if they just signed Kyrie. Many feel this led to Irving’s dismissal of the Knicks and ultimately persuaded him to sign with Brooklyn. The media also felt that, because of Durant’s quiet disposition in the off-season, that Kyrie was the real decision-maker in the process. This assumption seems misguided since Durant is the more accomplished player out of the two. I believe he had had just as much of a desire to play in Brooklyn as Irving did, and he wouldn’t allow another player to make such a significant decision for him.

Durant’s Achilles Injury in 2018/19 Finals

According to Ian Begley of SNY, “some people in touch with the Knicks said members of the organization expressed confidence that Durant would have signed with New York if he hadn’t suffered the Achilles injury in the NBA Finals.” (full article here) What has never been explained, is how did the injury completely change his decision on where to sign? The Nets have boasted one of the better training and medical staffs in the league, so obviously from that standpoint, it makes sense a player coming off a serious Achilles injury would choose Brooklyn. But as to why members in the Knicks organization felt so confident Durant would have signed with NYK barring his injury, my question is why? How did they know that? The Nets had a roster that was much closer to championship aspirations than the Knicks did.

Final Verdict

There are several other reasons one can list to justify Durant’s decision, including Deandre Jordan’s negative experience with the Knicks, and eventual signing with Brooklyn shortly after KD and Kyrie made their announcement. Durant has expressed publicly that he did not give the Knicks much consideration in free agency and I find this to be the toughest pill for the New York media and Knicks fans to swallow, as stories continue to arise that support the contrary. At the end of the day, only Kevin Durant knows the real reasons as to why he chose to play for the Nets fans instead of the Knicks. And if you are Leon Rose and the Knicks, you have to ask yourself, how do we prevent this from happening again in the future?

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New York Jets: Three Trade Proposals for Trent Williams

Landing the veteran blocker would situate the New York Jets’ offense in an enviable spot. How can they pull it off?

The New York Jets have gotten a lot done this NFL offseason. But their work isn’t over yet.

Floating rumors continue to propose that the Jets may seek a trade with the Washington Redskins to acquire offensive tackle Trent Williams. Improvements have been made on the offensive line to the tune of adding Connor McGovern, Greg Van Roten, and George Fant. But adding someone like Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowler, could be a move that truly revolutionizes a Jets offense seeking traction for backfield saviors Sam Darnold and Le’Veon Bell.

How can they bring Williams in? ESM explores three possibilities…

Proposal 1: 3rd round pick (79th overall) for OT Trent Williams 

Washington is in need of a second day two draft pick, having traded their second-round choice in a pick swap with Indianapolis last year. The Jets are blessed with a miniature surplus, earning extra draft capital from the New York Giants at the 2019 trade deadline (from the Leonard Williams deal). There’s still plenty to work on when it comes to the Jets’ roster, but the solidification of the offensive line ensures that they don’t technically need as many draft picks as first envisioned. Essentially “drafting” Trent Williams in the third round with a pick obtained from the Redskins’ NFC East rival would a surprise to be sure, but one the Jets would hardly argue about.

Proposal 2: LB Avery Williamson, 6th round pick (211th overall) for OT Trent Williams

The Jets still have several names that could be let go in the name of cap savings. Brian Winters’ ousting would save them just over $7.2 million, but his starting experience and potential for depth might sway the team to let him stick around. More tenuous is the situation of linebacker Avery Williamson, who would add $6.5 million to the cap if bid farewell by June 1.

Matching savings would come to the Jets if they deal Williamson (entering the final year of a three-year, $22.5 million contract) in a trade. The Jets have done a decent job in bolstering their linebacker depth this offseason. They convinced Jordan Jenkins (career-high 8 sacks) to come back on a one-year deal (worth an astonishingly affordable $5 million), brought in C.J. Mosley’s Baltimore teammate Patrick Onwuasor, and welcomed back solid depth men Neville Hewitt and James Burgess. Thus, Williamson is a bit more expendable than he was a week or two ago. If that caveat helps the Jets give up a less valuable draft pick for Williams (the 191st was acquired from Kansas City for Darron Lee), that could play into their favor.

Proposal 3: 3rd round pick (79th overall), and/or 6th round pick (179th overall)/a player for OT Trent Williams and WR Trey Quinn

With the offensive line relatively bolstered, or at least in a far better position than it ever was in the Mike Maccagnan era, the Jets have other areas of their offensive to worry about. They’re in desperate need of receivers now that Robby Anderson has left for Charlotte. Le’Veon Bell may need depth behind him with both Bilal Powell and Ty Montgomery up for free agency. The Jets can perhaps use a trade with the Redskins, provided they’re willing to give up a little more, to bolster these spots.

Quinn would be an intriguing developmental prospect that could flourish in an expanded role. 2018’s Mr. Irrelevant has dealt with injuries, but has shown potential in his brief time (35 receptions, 273 yards, 2 touchdowns). The Jets previously took on Washington system receivers Josh Doctson and Jehu Chesson. Further veteran secondary help on the Redskins’ depth chart includes cornerback Fabian Moreau.

As for who the Jets would give up in such a trade, it’s possible they could part ways with a veteran blocker (i.e. Jonotthan Harrison) or defender (John Franklin-Myers?). If it saves them valuable draft capital, that might be the way to go.

Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags

Should The New York Giants Explore A Trade For Darius Slay?

The NFL offseason is in full swing with trade and free agent rumors beginning to heat up. Players and teams are preparing to part ways via trades and free agency, and a couple of big names are on the trade block already. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Detroit Lions have been shopping star cornerback Darius Slay.

Darius Slay has been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL for the past few years. The Giants have had a weak secondary recently and have been making an effort to upgrade (such as drafting three defensive backs in the 2020 NFL Draft). Should the New York Giants get involved in trade talks for Darius Slay?

Darius Slay Trade Rumors

The Detroit Lions have to pay Darius Slay $13,368,750 in 2020 according to Spotrac. Slay is 29 years old and has one year left on his contract. Detroit seems ready to move on from Slay but wants to get something in return before he walks away fr nothing as a free agent in 2021.

The Giants could get in no the Darius Slay trade rumors, however, there will be a lot of competition. The Lions have already discussed a trade with “multiple teams” according to Adam Schefter. Whatever team trades for Darius Slay will have to be ready to pay him. He only has one year left on his current deal and desires a contract extension. The Giants have the money to pay him, but do they have the assets to trade for him?

Darius Slay Stats And Highlights

Darius “Big Play” Slay has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. He was selected to be a First-Team All-Pro in 2017. In that 2017 season, Slay had a phenomenal performance recording 8 interceptions and 26 passes defended. He has not been quite on that level over the past two seasons, but he has still been one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL.

In 2018, Slay recorded 3 interceptions and 17 passes defended. This season, Darius took a step back as he was dealing with injuries. He played in 14 games, totaling 2 interceptions and 13 passes defended.

Darius Slay was targeted in coverage 93 times in 2018 and 94 times in 2019. In 2018, he allowed a completion percentage of 46.8% for 520 yards and 6 touchdowns. In 2019, Slay allowed a completion percentage of 55.9% for 694 yards and 3 touchdowns. This step backward could signal that age is getting to Darius. But either way, he is still a highly efficient cornerback and would be a major upgrade in the secondary for most teams in the league.

The New York Yankees Aren’t Worried About Their Left Handed Hitters, So Why Are Their Fans?

New York Yankees, Tyler Wade

If Brian Cashman made decisions about the New York Yankees based on fan’s social media imprint, the team would be focused on 3 things right now. First is resigning Dellin Betances and signing Martin Maldonado. The New York Yankees are trying to move JA Happ to make room for Gerrit Cole’s contract. Betances would be expecting more than the $7.1 million he made last year, and Maldonado’s agent will be getting him more than $5 million, bringing the combined salary total to over $12 million. Plus, the team is all in on Kyle Higashioka, so neither is going to happen (while I think letting Betances walk is a mistake).

The last is signing/trading for left-handed hitters. The team is not worried about it, why are the fans?

The Yankees Don’t Need Left Handed Hitters

When I was in little league, I was a pure lefty. With the Yankees projected lineup for next year, we’ll be just fine with just Gardner in the lineup. Torres, DJ, Stanton, Judge, and Luke Voit all have the regular capability of going deep to the right field. Also, it’s only 314 to the left field. It’s the same distance to the right. So we have 6 guys in the lineup with the capability of going deep to right field. 5 of them are right-handed hitters.

Where Would We Play Them?

Kyle Shwarber is a left fielder/first baseman who’s a defensive liability. Voit and Stanton are better defensively than Shwarber, so where would you play him? Josh Bell is the first baseman. You got Voit, DJ, and Ford at first. Why would you trade for Bell? Yankees fans want to sign Jason Kipnis. He’s a second baseman/outfielder. He’s not going to play over DJ, Gardy, Judge or Stanton. So why waste money on him?

We Gotta Be Smarter Than This

Getting left-handed bats just for the sake of having left-handed bats means you have to sacrifice. It will mean giving up all our best prospects in January for someone who can bust as a Yankee before spring training starts. Yes, we haven’t won since 2009, but our team as constructed can win 5 championships in the next 7 years. Don’t screw it up because you’re scared there aren’t too many lefties in the lineup. Just calm down everyone. Pitchers and catchers haven’t even reported yet.

Is Josh Hader Even Viable for the New York Yankees?

New York Yankees, Josha Hader

Rumors are running rampant about whether the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Brewers will finalize a deal for the Yankees to acquire left handed relief pitcher Josh Hader. The deal makes some sense, as the Yankees seem to think that they need to bolster their already strong bullpen with a lefty to compliment Zack Britton. But does it truly work?

Hader’s Stats and the Brewer’s Needs

Hader has put on a strong showing in his 3 years pitching pro ball. But how much more time does he have before he’s completely found out as a relief pitcher? His ERA has been steadily climbing each of the last 3 seasons, his hits allowed are rising, he gave up 15 home runs last season, walked 20, and allowed 22 ER. Did I mention that this guy is the Brewer’s closer? It’s a completely different animal coming in during the 6th inning than the 9th. Even with Chapman’s inconsistencies in October, you’re not trading Hader for his skill set late in games. (baseball-reference.com)

The New York Yankees have players the Brewer’s need. Frazier isn’t needed on the Yankees, and with Yellich’s injury last season, and Braun’s age, the Brewer’s can utilize Clint Frazier brilliantly. I think giving up Miguel Andujar now would be a mistake, as he can be used for a later season trade for someone like Corey Kluber. But after losing Mike Moustakas to rival Cincinnati, getting help at third is something the Brewers would need. Not to mention Tyler Wade/Thairo Estrada can be used to sweeten the deal. But no doubt questions will be asked about Chance Adams, Devi Garcia, or any number of other pitching prospects we have. 

Yes… this is the package the Yankees will need to put together for a 26 year old reliever who’s letting the league catch up to him.

Is It Worth It?

Remember all the racist, homophobic and sexist tweets from Hader’s youth we discovered in 2018? Why pursue someone with that kind of baggage when we could just simply, say, offer Dellin Betances a one year contract to bolster the bullpen? And the package of prospects that the Brewer’s will be demanding, on top of Hader’s seemingly obvious decline, it doesn’t seem worth it now before pitchers and catchers even report. This should be a January deal, at the utmost earliest, if it gets done at all.

New York Mets won’t Trade Noah Syndergaard

New York Mets, Noah Syndergaard

After over a year of trade rumors, the New York Mets are telling teams that Noah Syndergaard is not for sale.

Since Brodie Van Wagenen was hired as the Mets GM Noah Syndergaard has been in the rumor mill. His name was all over trade rumors last offseason with the Yankees, Marlins, and Padres just some of the teams involved.

Despite nothing coming to fruition in the offseason the rumors didn’t stop. Syndergaard’s name came up constantly in rumors during the season, and thy only got louder as the trade deadline neared. The Padres were a team that came up again, the Brewers had interest, but the most aggressive team according to reports was the Astros.

Still, nothing came of it and Syndergaard remained a Met. That didn’t stop the rumor mill from churning though. Andy Martino of SNY reported shortly after the deadline passed that while Syndergaard wasn’t traded now he would be traded sometime in the near future.

He felt very confident in that report, as he didn’t believe the Mets had any intention of keeping the mercurial pitcher. Well, Brodie Van Wagenen has put all those rumors to bed. Not only did he publicly announce the team wouldn’t trade Syndergaard at the end of the season, he’s now told reports he’s telling teams the same thing.

There’s one big reason that Syndergaard is going to be a Met in 2020, and that’s that the Mets plan to compete in 2020. They think they’re close the putting a World Series roster together, and who can blame them.

Even without Zack Wheeler who is now a free agent the Mets still have one of the best rotations in baseball, headlined by a back-to-back Cy Young award winner. Their offense is filled with young cost-controlled players, including the reigning MLB home run champion and Rookie of the Year. There is a lot of reason to be optimistic for the future.

This should hopefully put Noah Syndergaard at ease. Syndergaard has his worst season as a pro this past year with all the rumors swirling. Hopefully, now that Syndergaard knows he’s not going anywhere he can find that form that helped him garner Cy Young and MVP votes in 2016.