This third prediction is also a bit of a stretch with Syndergaard being under contract through the 2021 season, but there is reason to believe it can happen. With the Steve Cohen deal expected to be finalized in the upcoming months and him going to want to spend money, it allows the team to lock up current players.
The Mets would buy-out Syndergaard’s last year of arbitration in 2021 and a few years of his free-agency if they decided to go this route. Even if it is only a 3-4 year deal it could still allow Syndergaard to hit free agency at a relatively young age since he is only entering his age 27 season.
He is also represented by CAA Sports which is Brodie Van Wagenen’s old agency, so if Wagenen is still employed after the ownership change he might want to lock up a former agent of his agency.
Recent extensions for starting pitchers such as deGrom’s 4-year $125 million deal, Chris Sales 5 year 145 million deal, and Miles Mikolas 4-year $68 million deal look like a good starting point. He does not seem to be worth a deGrom or Sale-like contract at this point just yet, but he is definitely worth more than the $68 million over 4 years that Mikolas received.
A deal averaging around $20-25 million for each season seems relatively reasonable. A deal in the range of 3-4 years and $70-100 million range seems fair for both sides.
If Syndergaard were to hit the open market he would for sure bring in more per year. Something along the lines of Patrick Corbin‘s 6-year $140 million deal, former teammate Zack Wheeler‘s 5-year $118 million deal, or Jon Lester‘s 6-year $155 million deal is a good starting point. Syndergaard could easily get a deal similar to these, but he has expressed a liking for the team and city so he could be willing to take a bit of a discount, while still getting paid nicely.
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