The New York Mets have mostly been in the news for the trade rumors surrounding Noah Syndergaard, but on Friday there's reason for Mets fans to feel optimistic about the chances of him staying in Queens. The team avoided arbitration with the power right-hander.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Syndergaard has agreed to a one-year, $6 million deal with the Mets for the 2019 season.
Syndergaard received a smidge more than the $5.9 million MLB Trade Rumors projected. The 26-year-old is receiving a nice pay raise after making $2.975 million in 2018. He won't become a free agent until 2022.
Source confirms Noah Syndergaard and Mets avoid arbitration with $6 million. MLB Trade Rumors had him projected at 5.9.— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) January 11, 2019
The Mets right-hander made 25 starts last season and posted a 13-4 record with a 3.03 ERA and had 155 strikeouts over 154.1 innings. His strikeouts were down (9.0 K/9) and his walks (2.3 BB/9) were up, but when healthy, Syndergaard has proven to be on the best pitchers in the National League.
Syndergaard isn't the only player the Mets need to avoid arbitration with today, as they still need to agree to terms withJacon deGrom, Michael Conforto, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.