A big piece the New York Mets have missed the last couple of seasons is Noah Syndergaard. From 2015-2019 he was a huge piece as the second-best starter in the rotation behind Jacob deGrom. When last seen in 2019, Syndergaard went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 32 starts and 197.2 innings pitched. He’s missed each of the last two seasons due to a torn UCL which made him get Tommy John Surgery.
Syndergaard is due to be a free agent at the end of the year which is unfortunate timing for him and the Mets because his future is very uncertain. I hope the Mets bring him back for a year in which he’s healthy and proves he’s the Syndergaard of old.
Is that likely? Maybe not, but people have recovered from Tommy John before and have been great. I still believe Syndergaard can be a really good starting pitcher in this league and would be crushed if he left without compensation.
A healthy Noah Syndergaard is an ace on many teams and a terrific number two behind Mets starter Jacob deGrom.
The Mets could and should offer Syndergaard the qualifying offer which is worth around $18.9 million dollars for one year. This is a deal Syndergaard will almost certainly accept to try and build his value back after missing two straight seasons.
Watching Syndergaard pitch this past for the first time in two years got me very excited and very nostalgic.
If these last couple of appearances are Syndergaard’s last in Queens I will be very sad but can look back on many incredible moments he’s had in orange and blue.