May 12, 2021

Noah Syndergaard, Mets agree to $9.7M salary to avoid arbitration (ESPN)


NEW YORK — Noah Syndergaard agreed to a $9.7 million, one-year contract Friday as the New York Mets reached deals with all nine of their players who were eligible for arbitration.

Syndergaard is coming off a fairly disappointing 2019 season. He went 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA and 202 strikeouts in 197⅔ innings while earning $6 million.

He is projected to slot in again behind Mets ace Jacob deGrom, winner of the past two National League Cy Young Awards, in a rotation that also includes righty Marcus Stroman and lefty Steven Matz, both of whom agreed to terms Friday as well. Stroman received a $4.6 million raise to $12 million, and Matz got a bump from $2,625,000 to $5 million.

Outfielders Michael Conforto ($8 million), Brandon Nimmo ($2,175,000) and Jake Marisnick ($3,312,500) also settled, as did relievers Edwin Diaz ($5.1 million), Seth Lugo ($2 million) and Robert Gsellman ($1,225,000).

Syndergaard bristled at pitching to No. 1 catcher Wilson Ramos last season and has had a rocky relationship with the Mets’ front office at times. The pitcher’s name has been mentioned in trade talk on several occasions — including last summer.

But the 6-foot-6, 240-pound right-hander…

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