This can’t be it. No way. Noah Syndergaard’s final year with the New York Mets can’t possibly end like this.
After missing 2020 due to Tommy John Surgery and sitting out all but two innings of the 2021 campaign, this isn’t the way the final act of Syndergaard’s tenure with the Mets was supposed to conclude.
Legendary in some ways, Syndergaard remains the most recent Mets pitcher to win a World Series game. He has always been larger than life due to his stature and presence on the mound. It’s not every day you see such a large Texan with flowing blonde hair stand sixty feet and six inches away hurling baseballs at you at nearly 100 miles per hour on a regular basis.
Noah Syndergaard’s Mets story needs a happier, more complete ending
Syndergaard’s Mets story has had its share of ups and downs since his 2015 debut. For the most part, however, it has been positive. Even in the few darker days, there was always hope that he would put together a Cy Young season. With the tools to do so at his disposal, staying on the field was the ultimate villain in his story thus far.
This winter’s free agent class of Mets players will surely lead to some heartbreak. Michael Conforto is the other long-time member of the franchise possibly headed elsewhere. Unlike Conforto, Syndergaard seems to have a little more belief that his days with the Mets are not yet over.
My guess is that Syndergaard is a little more willing to accept the qualifying offer than Conforto would be. It has already been rumored that Conforto is going to reject it. Syndergaard, on the other hand, might need to accept it to merely get his full season to show he’s healthy and deserves even more in free agency next winter.
It’s as win-win for the Mets and Syndergaard as you can get. They get a fully healthy dominant pitcher back for their rotation next year. He gets to prove he is, indeed, a fully healthy dominant pitcher and head into free agency with far fewer doubts.
Syndergaard sounds genuinely interested in remaining with the Mets—the only big league club he has ever known. While I’m sure other upcoming free agents truly do have a desire to remain in orange and blue, there’s a certain personal touch we don’t always see from Syndergaard when talking about his future.
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To me, he comes across as one of those people who would rather joke than talk about something serious. When faced with questions about his future with the Mets, his love of the franchise shines.