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NY Mets Roster: 3 players from 2015 nearing the end of their tenure

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets in action against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on August 13, 2021 in New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 6-5 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 13: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets in action against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field on August 13, 2021 in New York City. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 6-5 in ten innings. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Sep 13, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Will the bright Noah Syndergaard star burn out?

Noah Syndergaard is a big name in baseball. He’s actually a bigger name than player—and I don’t mean height-wise.

Syndergaard’s stardom was tracking well early on in his career. He had the look. He had the charisma. He had the devastating fastballs. It’s tough to say he has lived up to the hype because injuries have curtailed his career several times. Since his debut in 2015, Syndergaard has only three seasons of 25 or more starts.

This is a relatively low bar for someone with so much star power. It’s still there, though, and age is definitely on his side.

Syndergaard is in a similar boat as Conforto. We don’t have poor numbers to cite as a reason to not bring him back. Uncertainty about his recovery from Tommy John Surgery is the main reason why the Mets may want to move on.

Inviting Syndergaard back with a qualifying offer might be the most logical move for him and the Mets to make. If he flounders as a starter, moving him to the bullpen is always a possibility. I can’t say the same with a guy like Conforto. Another bad year from him and stashing his body on the bench feels like more of a nuisance. There is a direction for a pitcher to get demoted and stay on the big league roster. I don’t feel the same about position players.

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Whatever it is the Mets decide to do, one thing is clear: 2015 is becoming an even more distant memory.

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