Noah Syndergaard has reportedly refused to sign his contract offer from the Mets to protest his raise from last season.
Coming off a season in which he went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA Cheap Epl Jerseys and 10.7 Ks per nine innings, the hard-throwing right-hander deserved a raise.
But the salary bump he got, from $503,375 to $605,550 per year, is peanuts in today’s market for a pitcher of Syndergaard’s caliber (the MLB minimum for 2017 is $535,000).
Syndergaard is not yet eligible for arbitration, so the Mets hold all the cards in their relationship. After they announced Syndergaard was the only one of 21 Mets players not yet eligible for arbitration who had refused to 2017 contract terms, and the team had renewed his contract, the New York Daily News reported Syndergaard had not signed his contract.
Fellow Mets starter Jacob deGrom used a similar tactic last season to protest his contract offer. Both Syndergaard and deGrom share the same agent, Brodie Van Wagenen.
Machado, who’s still just 24 years old, is one of the five best players in the game, brilliant at the plate and with the glove. Davis is one of the five best power hitters in the game (he has averaged 41 homers per year since 2013). Schoop hit 25 homers last year (did anyone outside of Baltimore notice, though?). Hardy isn’t what he once was at the plate, but he’s still more than capable at shortstop for a contender.