Noah Syndergaard blasts Mets' travel schedule, Jacob deGrom extension talks
Noah Syndergaard didn’t hold back when asked about the Mets’ upcoming travel plans and his thoughts on Jacob deGrom’s extension talks.
ESPN notes the Mets don’t have any plans to return to New York City before Thursday’s season opener against the Nationals.
Instead, the team will start its trip from their spring training home of Port St. Lucie, Florida, on Sunday with a three-hour bus ride to Sarasota for their final spring training game against the Orioles. Then, the Mets will fly to have a workout in Syracuse, New York, before later heading out to Washington D.C. for Thursday’s game.
Syndergaard’s main takeaway: “I don’t think that’s what championship teams do.”
Take a look at the exchange between Syndergaard and reporters Sunday (via The Athletic):
Reporter: You’re a big fan of that schedule?
Syndergaard: “I don’t know whose idea that was, but it’s not a smart one. I don’t think that’s conducive for winning ballgames, really – that much travel. I mean, I’m sure the amenities in Syracuse aren’t the best for a major-league baseball team to go up there and have one last workout before the regular season starts, but those kind of decision are above my paygrade.”
Reporter: Are you looking forward to going to Syracuse?
Syndergaard: “Not even the slightest bit.”
Reporter: Plus you’ve got a long bus ride to Sarasota.
Syndergaard: “Cant forget that. Thanks for reminding me. It’s great. I can’t wait. Makes a lot of sense.”
When it came to deGrom’s extension talks, Syndergaard questioned why the two sides haven’t reached a deal yet. deGrom said Saturday he was less optimistic he would have a new contract by Opening Day.
“Jake’s the best pitcher in baseball right now. I think he deserves whatever amount he’s worth. I want to keep him happy, so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets. I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already,” Syndergaard told reporters, via ESPN.
DeGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young winner, is scheduled to become a free agent in 2021.