Red Sox could land Noah Syndergaard and Edwin Diaz, speculates MLB Network's Mark DeRosa

Alex Reimer
July 30, 2019 - 3:09 pm

What if the Red Sox are dreaming bigger than Edwin Diaz at the trade deadline? What if the defending World Series champions also want to make a play for … Thor himself.

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MLB Network’s Mark DeRosa surfaced the proposal Tuesday, speculating Boston could pry both Noah Syndergaard and Diaz from the Mets in a blockbuster trade. In return, De Rosa has the Red Sox sending Andrew Benintendi and an unnamed top prospect over to Queens.

“Hear me out on this, Boston: I know you love Andrew Bentinendi –– Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez, where did Steve Pearce disappear to? We can make it work offensively,” DeRosa said. “But if you put Snydergaard in between Sale and Price -– Porcello is walking at the end of the year. You get your bullpen piece and a controllable starter for next year as well, with Eovaldi. You get dangerous quick.”

Ken Rosenthal, who fancies himself MLB’s version of Adam Schefter or Adrian Wojnarowski, didn’t dismiss DeRosa’s suggestion. The longtime Insider said he’s “seen worse” and admitted it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be –– before explaining why the trade doesn’t make sense for either side.

Snydergaard would push the Red Sox well above the $246 million third-level luxury tax, which they are reportedly wearing of exceeding. The dominant right-hander earns $6 million this season and has two more years of arbitration. He is 7-5 with a 4.33 ERA this season. 

The Mets, meanwhile, would probably want more than Benintendi and one prospect for two of their most valuable assets. 

Earlier Tuesday, the Globe’s Alex Speier reported the Red Sox were likely out on Diaz.’s Mark Feinsand says they’re targeting “lesser arms,” which probably means neither Syndergaard nor Diaz. The Mets surrendered two of their top prospects for Diaz last winter, so they would probably want a substantial package of players in return for the righty, despite his 4.95 ERA. He is signed through 2022. 

The trade deadline is Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. 

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