Conflicts with Current/Potential Deals
While Syndergaard may well deserve a big payday, the Mets do have a few conflicts that may come into play if they are interested in resigning him. They currently have Jacob deGrom and Robinson Cano under contracts for big money, and the team may be hesitant to blow out the budget on just a few players, as they have done in the past.
Beyond that, fellow Met Michael Conforto is also set to be a free agent following the 2021 season, and it may be difficult to bring both men back on large deals, leaving New York a difficult decision to make.
Additionally, if the team decides to break the bank and sign a few blue-chip free agents this off-season, such as Marcus Stroman, JT Realmuto, or James Paxton, the money they spend this year could come into play with resigning Syndergaard next offseason.
The Mets could try to solve that issue this year and sign Noah to an extension following this season as they did with deGrom. However, seeing as they are about to go through an ownership change and that Syndergaard is coming off an injury, that may be more of a longshot.
The bottom line is, Syndergaard is a talented player and an effective pitcher when healthy. He can be a difference-maker for any club, and the big this it will come down to for the Mets to hold onto him is the cost.
Noah will likely be valued very highly by other teams on the open market, and given the Mets’ history of spending big money to resign players, they may be hesitant to do so with Syndergaard this time around.
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Hopefully, if Steve Cohen is able to buy the team and go on a spending spree this year things will change, but for now, the clock for the Mets to extend Syndergaard is ticking, and well have our answer by the end of next year.