Another suitor has entered the race to get Mets pitchers Noah Syndergaard or Zack Wheeler.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have asked about trading for one of the Mets Aces.
Oakland already acquired left-hander Jake Diekman this week and also asked the Tigers about Shane Greene.
The Athletics have been trying to bolster their bullpen before the July 31 trade deadline and now are trying to appeal to the Mets, who may, or may not, be trying to move Syndergaard.
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Oakland's addition of Diekman solidifies the bullpen, which allows the A's more wiggle room to solidify their starting rotation. Either that, or building up a strong and deep bullpen could take the pressure off the current relievers.
The addition of any of the three pitchers the team is interested in can fill that plan out.
An earlier report from The Athletic states that New York is exploring a three-team trade which would send Syndergaard to the Padres and bring the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman to New York.
Several reports have indicated that the Mets are determined to trade Syndergaard, who has two years left on his deal after this season is done. It's unclear how, or if, Wheeler would fit into these plans should Syndergaard be traded.
For Wheeler, his case is more clear cut since he is a pending free agent for a club that doesn't have the best playoff chances at the moment.