Noah Syndergaard is entering his third season in the majors poised to become the true ace of an extremely deep and talented Mets pitching staff. He is coming off a season in which he went 14 and 9 with a 2.60 ERA with 218 strikeouts and 48 walks allowed. He managed to stay healthy for a full season and averaged 97.9 MPH with his fastball up from 96.5 MPH the year prior.
He came into this year’s camp claiming to have gained 17 pounds of muscle to help speed up his velocity which is already the highest in the majors for a starting pitcher. Syndergaard will turn 25 years old in June and is not eligible for free agency until after the 2022 season.
While the team controls him for the next five seasons extending him now may end up saving them millions of dollars in the future. They may be getting Syndergaard’s services for a discount for the next couple of seasons before arbitration kicks in but if they were to offer him an extension now they may be able to get him something in the range of 60 million for 6 years with club options for the 7th and 8th season.
With this type of a deal, the Mets would buy up his arbitration eligible years and his first year of free agency, while giving Syndergaard a significant raise in the next couple of seasons and the security of a long-term deal. This would be very appealing to both the club and player as the Mets could find themselves with a bargain of a contract and Syndergaard would have the insurance of a long-term deal in case of injury.
In his year and a half in the majors, Syndergaard has proven to be a durable starter and has only improved both his control and velocity. With his young age, there is still room for improvement in his already strong game. He has also shown the tenacity to succeed in the tough New York sports market. When Chase Utley broke Ruben Tejada’s leg with a late slide in the playoffs, Syndergaard threw at him not once but twice before being ejected from the game. In the world series when Alcides Escobar was upset for him throwing over his head he told the media that “if they have a problem with me throwing inside, then they can meet me 60 feet 6 inches away, I have no problem with that.”
It’s that kind of attitude the has endeared Syndergaard to fans and teammates alike. Is there a risk signing a young pitcher to a long-term deal, sure, but Syndergaard is the kind of once in a generation talent that is worth taking a risk on. Signing him to a long-term deal would signal the Mets commitment to their young core of players. He also has a very strong chance at becoming quite the bargain for the Mets.