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Noah Syndergaard was no longer in the state of mind of New York

CHICAGO – The Mets’ decision to give Noah Syndergaard the $ 18.4 million qualifying bid was not easy.

That’s a lot of money for a pitcher who had thrown two innings in two years after the Tommy John operation and didn’t even try to turn a signature shooter – his ugliest weapon – into a game that has counted since the 2019 season.

But the dream of a healthy Thor, and the prize on rotating arms, made it worth throwing a one-year dice for the Mets. Even Syndergaard came out, through his declared love for the Mets and New York, as if he was campaigning for the QO, which is typically something that players complain about being handcuffed because of the attached compensation for selection.

Following Syndergaard on Instagram lately – watching the Knicks from the floor in the Garden, bubbling about life in Manhattan – was believing it was a slam dunk to return to the Mets. He loved this, right?

Then the angels offered him more money, a one-year deal worth $ 21 million. And perhaps something of even greater value: a chance to restart his career (and free-agent status) away from the tireless scrutiny of the city that never sleeps on the Mets.

As one person explained, “He just decided he needed a break from New York.”

It is fair to say that the Mets were surprised that Syndergaard was frolicking, but hardly shocked. At this time of year, and especially with labor struggles on the horizon, one takes what one can get. The Mets always knew this was an option, but figured Noah’s supposed devotion to New York would add something extra to that QO.

They were wrong. And honestly, it’s not that sad. By losing Syndergaard, they got their $ 18.4 million back to the next free agent (Marcus Stroman?) As well as a compensatory draft pick, which could be somewhere around No. 80.

Now they do not have to sweat Syndergaard’s extended rehabilitation from TJ surgery or worry about how his fascination with building a Marvel-caliber physique can lead to more injuries later on. On the other hand, Noah was able to return better than ever, at the age of 29, and make everyone in Metsville nostalgic after his heyday in Flushing. At his best, Syndergaard was just as dominant as everyone else in the game, and also thoroughly entertaining. It will be missed.

But there was obviously a side that Syndergaard hid from the public, a longing to start over, to perhaps see how baseball was away from New York’s demanding fish bowl existence. And for that reason, Noah never really gave the Mets a chance to counter the Angels’ offer. They heard of his impending departure from Flushing, after Syndergaard had already boarded a plane to the west coast to take his Angel’s physical. Not that it really mattered. The Mets still did not go beyond the $ 18.4 million QO.

Over the past week, after getting the QO, the Mets had a growing sense that Syndergaard was looking for a chance to reset outside of New York and focus on the upcoming season without the extra Big Apple distractions. Once it got into the equation, it became less about the money, and therefore there were no further contract discussions with the Mets. Mentally, Syndergaard no longer seemed to be in New York state of mind.

It was a business decision, and if Syndergaard has a Cy Young season in SoCal, he will turn it into a massive contract, something he was unable to do in the pieces of his seven Mets years where he was healthy. . Sandy Alderson was the first to acquire Syndergaard from the Blue Jays in the 2012 six-player deal (Travis d’Arnaud was the centerpiece), sending reigning Cy Young winner RA Dickey to Toronto. Now Syndergaard is leaving on his own under Alderson’s watch, and the Mets have only Jacob deGrom left from Fab Five, who once included Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler and Steven Matz.

The Mets came to a World Series with Syndergaard in 2015, and he followed that up with the memorable wildcard duel against the Giants’ Madison Bumgarner next year. But for the past two seasons, Syndergaard had been a ghost where everyone fantasized about what might be when he eventually returned. Now, the Mets will not see it happen in their uniform, and after all the story together, it’s disappointing.

But in the end, Syndergaard got what he wanted, and there is no doubt that it was not the Mets. Or his beloved * New York.