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Mets haven’t spoken with starting pitchers on contract extensions

By Michelle Ioannou
May 20, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) and New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) and New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 20, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) and New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom (48) and New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey (33) walk in from the bullpen before the first inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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That’s right, the Mets haven’t had the contract extension talk with their current starting pitchers.

Ah, the contract extension talk. When the Mets are supposed to say that they’ll give you this much money to stay here for the long-term! Yeah, that conversation — the commitment conversation. It hasn’t happened yet.

In my mind I’m comparing this to “the talk” two people in a relationship, or almost relationship, have. Do we want to stick this out for the long-term, or nah?

Well, the team and their starters have not had that talk yet according to Mets assistant GM John Ricco, who spoke to SNY’s Mets Hot Stove this past Thursday.

Ricco had the following to say, noting that such a discussion does tend to happen in January and February, not in December:

"“It’s something that’s certainly in mind when we talk about how we’re going to keep this team in tact for the long term, and win in the long term. But, to date we haven’t really engaged at all, though like in the past, if it makes sense we’ll aggressively approach them.”"

Basically, as of right now, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard have not been approached about being with the Mets long-term. But that doesn’t mean that this little chat won’t happen in the near future.

How will this play out?

Well pretty much every fan knows that there’s approximately a 99.999999% chance that Harvey will test the free agency waters after the 2018 season, so he will (most likely) not be open to an extension.

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Due to Matz’s health, especially his issues at such a young age, he will probably be open to the extension. However, all of his injuries raise the question — should the Amazin’s even offer him an extension?

DeGrom will be 32 years old by the time that he’s eligible for free agency. He will also probably be open to this extension, and if he continues to be dominant and stays healthy, this could work out well for both sides. But, his age is something the team will need to consider (even though Bartolo Colon did teach us that age is but a number — can the organization just bring him back already?)

Basically, Synderrgaard should be a shoe-in for this extension. He’s under team control through 2021, but the Mets should make extending a long-term offer to him a priority. Not only has he been a constant and phenomenal starter, he’s young. He has many more great years in him and should not be leaving Queens anytime soon.

Next: Mets plan on starting Curtis Granderson in center field

I’m not going to count Zack Wheeler as a starter just yet as he may begin the season in the bullpen, but hey, he’s ready for his 2017 comeback!

Want more on the Amazin’s starting pitchers? Check out our Mets season in reviews.

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