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speculation throughout the 2018 season , the New York Mets are not intending to trade pitchers Jacob deGrom or Noah Syndergaard before Tuesday's non-waiver deadline.According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Mets do not plan to rebuild and instead want to remain in contention in 2019.DeGrom is under team control through at least the 2020 season, while Syndergaard cannot become a free agent until after 2021.Olneyalso noted this willingness to contend in 2019 has created hesitation to deal fellow pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has one more season before hitting free agency.The Mets are well out of contention in 2018, entering Monday in last place in the National League East with a 44-59 record. This has led to trades of pending free agentsJeurysFamiliaandAsdrubalCabrera.However, the team is being much more careful about assets who can help for next season.Despite the disappointing effort this year, things could theoretically be different in 2019 with better luck on the injury front. Key players likeSyndergaard,YoenisCespedes, Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier and others have missed significant time this year and haven't lived up to expectations even when healthy.All of these players remain under contract for next year, giving plenty of hope for what could happen if they replicate their past production. Adding in the emergence of starting pitchers Wheeler and StevenMatz, the Mets front office clearly believes there are brighter days ahead.The team has previously said it would "consider" offers for bothSyndergaardanddeGrom Nolan Ryan Jersey , perTimHealeyofNewsday, but the asking price has remained high.A trade involvingSyndergaardwould likely be selling low because of his health concerns despite his 6-1 record and 2.89 ERA. He has only made 13 starts this year because of a finger injury and, more recently,hand, foot and mouth disease.DeGromcould offer a bigger return thanks to his major league-best 1.82 ERA, but the Mets want him to keep getting outs for them next year and possibly beyond. Harry How/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Dodgers entered the 2018 playoffs with the highest payroll of any National League postseason qualifier.The Milwaukee Brewers entered the 2018 playoffs with the lowest payroll of any National League postseason qualifier.After the Brewers shut out the Dodgers 4-0 on Monday in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series, the boys in blue are at risk of another epic autumn collapse.Given the dinero disparity, no one outside of L.A. will pity them.If you go by Spotrac, the Dodgers paid $200 million for their roster and the Brew Crew paid $109 million (rounding up).Yet, despite the massive dollar differential, Los Angeles is teetering on the edge of an October calamity. So much money. So few results.Yes, L.A. has won six straight division titles and advanced to Game 7 of the World Series in 2017.Executive Andrew Friedman and company have constructed an annually relevant operation thanks to an effective drafting and development strategy , aggressive moves on the international market and the backing of deep-pocketed owners.That said, the Dodgers haven't hoisted a Commissioner's Trophy since 1988. Contending is fine, but what is it worth if you're always the Brooklyn Bridegrooms and never the bride?The Dodgers dispatched the youthful Atlanta Braves in four games in the National League Division Series. Goliath won that round. Tip your slingshot.Through three games against Milwaukee, on the other hand, Los Angeles hasn't played like a powerhouse bound for confetti and champagne.On Monday, Dodgers hitters were frequently befuddled by the smoke-and-mirrors breaking-ball stylings of 30-year-old journeyman Jhoulys Chacin.Bill Shaikin BillShaikinDodgers tonight, by the numbers:0: Home runs0: Runs scored0: Hits with runners in scoring position10: AB with runners in scoring position14: Strikeouts.Final: Brewers 4, Dodgers 0. The Brewers are halfway to the World Series.Credit to Chacin, who has made previous stops with the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks, Braves, Los Angeles Angels and San Diego Padres. He arrived with his A-game at Chavez Ravine.Then again Cole Hamels Jersey , he's precisely the type of hurler the high-priced Dodgers should attack with relish. The Brewers were a great story after defeating the Chicago Cubs in a one-game tiebreaker, winning the NL Central and besting the Rockies in the division series, but the knock against them was a lack of elite starting pitching.On Monday, they were entering a stretch of three games in three days on the road. This was L.A.'s chance to get to Milwaukee's bullpen鈥攚hich ranked second in the Senior Circuit with a 3.47 regular-season ERA鈥攁nd wear them out early.Instead, they shot blanks against Chacin and allowed him to chew precious innings while maintaining a zero on the scoreboard.That's not the way a title favorite behaves.Superstar and trade-deadline cavalry Manny Machado went 2-for-3 with a double. Overall, though, Los Angeles' bats were limp.Hyped, fireballing rookie Walker Buehler showed flashes of a future ace after getting an intro from none other than Ben Stein. When the dust settled, however, he was outdueled by Chacin.Buehler...Buehler?Kevork Djansezian/Getty ImagesThe Dodgers looked solid in spurts. Ultimately, they crumbled. It's becoming an all-too-familiar refrain.Add the continued, incongruous postseason mediocrity of Clayton Kershaw , and there's cause for sweaty-palmed hand-wringing in SoCal.Here's what Kershaw, one of the greatest pitchers of his generation and possibly all-time,told reportersafter the Dodgers' Game 7 loss to the Astros in the 2017 Fall Classic: "Maybe one of these days, I won't fail, we won't fail and we'll win one of these things."Maybe? Maybe isn't good enough. Windows don't stay open forever, even when you spend the gross domestic product of a small nation on payroll and face a small-market engine that could like Milwaukee.Another deep run won't suffice. Even another NL flag won't suffice. It's title or bust. After Game 3's goose egg against the Brewers, "bust" is the operative word.All statistics current as of Monday and courtesy of Baseball Reference.
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