The Cost of a New Contract
As previously stated, Noah has always been an effective pitcher when he was healthy and is one of the leagues hardest throwers. Talent like that is rare to find, and many teams are willing to pay top dollar for it.
While the Mets showed they are willing to spend money when they signed Jacob deGrom to a 5 year $145 Million extension, deGrom was coming off winning the Cy Young Award and there’s no guarantee they will offer that much to a player one year removed from TJ Surgery.
Additionally, as we saw this past offseason, some teams are even willing to overpay for good pitching, and I of course am referring to the Phillies signing former Mets starter Zack Wheeler as soon as he first hit free agency.
Last December, the Phillies signed Wheeler to a five-year, $118 million contract, which was an offer much higher than many believed Wheeler was worth. While Wheeler was a fine pitcher, he missed two whole seasons recovering from Tommy John Surgery while with the Mets and had some very inconsistent performances during his time in New York.
Of the two, Syndergaard is considered to be the better starting pitcher, and if Wheeler can command that size of a contract on the open market, the Mets’ owners will have to fork up a lot of cash in order to keep Noah in orange and blue.