When the New York Mets were struggling during the 2018 MLB season, there was plenty of talk regarding possible trades for Jacob deGrom at the July 31 deadline. Now that the team is looking to improve the roster for the 2019 season, another one of their stud starters finds himself at the center of trade rumors.

The idea that the Mets could deal Noah Syndergaard appears to be a very real one. SNY.tv’s Andy Martino has reported that New York has discussed trading the right-hander. According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, at least six teams are considered to be in contention to acquire Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, would bring back an expensive package for New York, who desperately needs to make multiple additions if they hope to compete next season. The pitcher won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2021 season, and he’s been among the best pitchers in baseball when healthy over the last few years.

Syndergaard is 37-22 with a 2.93 ERA and a 1.13 WHIP with more than a strikeout per inning since making his MLB debut in 2015. He posted a 3.03 ERA last season in 25 starts after injuries limited him to seven starts in 2017.

The Mets could trade Syndergaard for a combination of prospects and major leaguers. Martino reported that New York is monitoring the free agency’s of Patrick Corbin, J.A. Happ, Dallas Keuchel and Nathan Eovaldi to potentially replace Syndergaard in the rotation.

“It all depends on what (general manager) Brodie [Van Wagenen] thinks he can get back [in a trade],” Mets COO Jeff Wilpon said last week, via The New York Post’s Joel Sherman. “If he thinks the return is outsized from what the value of Noah is, then I guess he’ll suggest it and we’ll move on and do that. But it takes two [teams] to make a trade and it would [have to be] pretty lopsided.’’

Sherman listed the Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres as potential suitors for Syndergaard. The Padres reportedly had interest in trading for Syndergaard during last season.