San Diego Padres
One of the constant advantages the Padres have had over other teams the last couple years is an incredibly deep farm system. A report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post says New York views San Diego — a team that’s targeted Syndergaard since last winter — as one of the very few organizations with the prospects to make a trade happen.
The Padres have been working hard during their current rebuilding process to get ready to compete in 2020 and 2021. The signings of Eric Hosmer and Manny Machado are proof of that, along with the electrifying play of Fernando Tatis Jr.
However, general manager A.J. Preller has a very young and mostly unproven rotation currently in place. Syndergaard would immediately become their ace, and his contract status fits perfectly within the timeframe of when they’d like to be competitive again.
They’ve already taken steps this year, too — although a 48-55 record isn’t anything to write home about, it’s trending better than last year’s 66-96 mark. Getting another high-profile player on the roster would only help this winter with regard to any of the organization’s top free-agent targets.