Noah Syndergaard was overtly vital Sunday of the standing of teammate Jacob deGrom’s contract talks with the New York Mets and the staff’s journey schedule earlier than Opening Day on Thursday.
The Mets and deGrom, the reigning Nationwide League Cy Younger winner, have been discussing a contract extension however on Saturday deGrom stated he was turning into much less optimistic a deal might be reached by Opening Day. DeGrom is beneath membership management this season and 2020 and is scheduled to turn into a free agent in ’21.
On Sunday, Syndergaard puzzled publicly what the holdup is with different ace pitchers resembling Justin Verlander and Chris Sale signing extensions in latest days.
“Jake’s the very best pitcher in baseball proper now. I believe he deserves no matter quantity he is price. I need to maintain him glad, so when it does come time for him to succeed in free company, he stays on our aspect pitching for the Mets. I simply suppose they need to stop all this fuss and pay the person already,” Syndergaard advised reporters Sunday.
He stated he was shocked a deal hasn’t but been struck between deGrom and the staff.
“If there wasn’t a pattern of different guys getting contract extensions, I do not know what the circumstance could be. However you’ll be able to see Chris Sale, Verlander, these guys getting extensions. I believe it is time Jacob will get one, too,”
Syndergaard additionally questioned the Mets’ journey itinerary earlier than Opening Day with no plans to cease in New York earlier than Thursday’s opener in Washington in opposition to the Nationals. The staff will journey by bus for almost three hours to Sarasota, Florida, on Sunday night time after which fly to Syracuse, New York, for a exercise earlier than later heading to Washington.
“I do not know whose concept that was, however it’s not a sensible one,” he stated. “I do not suppose that is conducive for successful ballgames, actually — that a lot journey. I imply, I am certain the facilities in Syracuse aren’t the very best for a Main League Baseball staff to go up there and have one final exercise earlier than the common season begins, however these varieties of choices are above my paygrade.”
Syndergaard stated he has by no means been to Syracuse and wasn’t wanting ahead to the journey.
“Not even the slightest bit,” he stated.