As first reported by Jon Heyman of Fan Rag Sports, Noah Syndergaard had his contract renewed today by the New York Mets. What that means is that both sides failed to come to an agreement so the Mets basically ended the discussion and paid him the sum they considered their final offer.
Syndergaard, 24, was hoping the Mets would take into consideration his playoff performance the past two years and his growing role as one of the faces of the franchise, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. But the Mets stuck to their policy of not including those elements in their salary equation.
As such, the ace of the team will earn $605,500 this season, and unlike Jacob deGrom who made it known he was not happy about being renewed a year ago, Syndergaard apparently realizes it was just a business decision and isn’t all that riled up about it.
Syndergaard’s maturity level is off the charts. Remember when some of the beat writers were trying to paint him as a cocky, selfish, immature player with an ego problem? This young man has been anything but…
Funny thing… After tossing two scoreless innings today against the Houston Astros, Syndergaard was asked if he had any regrets about declining to pitch for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.
“Not one bit,” he quipped. “I’m a Met. And nobody’s ever made it to the Hall of Fame or won a World Series by playing in the WBC.”
Thought of the Day: Is it possible that Syndergaard can strikeout 300 batters this season? I say there’s a great chance of that happening if he uses that changeup the way he did today and makes 34 starts.