4 Players the Guardians should look to trade before the deadline

Cleveland should keep 2024 and beyond in mind as the deadline draws near
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Noah Syndergaard

The decision to trade Amed Rosario always made sense. As far as getting Noah Syndergaard in return is concerned, not so much. While this seems to fit the need for a starting pitcher that Cleveland President of Baseball Operations Chris Antonetti made note of, this was not the name many expected to see added to the roster.

Syndergaard is far from the player he was during his time with the New York Mets and has seen plenty of struggles during the latter part of his time in Queens and his stints with the Phillies and Dodgers. It is very apparent that his best days are behind him, even if the lackluster perfromance of this season has been attributed to a blister and fingernail issue.

It is highly unlikely that the man alternatively known as Thor will suddenly return to his former self. Cleveland should cut bait while they can and not even bother with trying to find a way to "fix" Syndergaard down the stretch. The reality is that he may be beyond fixing and just is not a good pitcher anymore. Considering how much he has bounced around from team-to-team in recent years shows that while teams have taken chances on the thought of upside, it has not worked out well enough to keep him around. The Guardians should follow in the path carved out by those organizations and bypass the prospect of Syndergaard making his team debut in Houston Monday.