Noah Syndergaard is a pitcher for the New York Mets … for now. Syndergaard has been involved in plenty of trade rumors this offseason, and he’s well aware there’s a chance he won’t begin the season with the Mets.
In order to prevent that, Syndergaard is doing whatever he can to ensure the Mets keep him in 2019. He may have found that one thing Wednesday.
The Mets announced they will give away “Game of Thrones” themed Syndergaard bobbleheads on April 27.
That’s all Syndergaard needed to make his voice heard. He responded to that Instagram post by pointing out that the Mets can’t trade him now.
Syndergaard’s comment — which can be seen by anyone looking at the post — reads, “Can’t trade me now… ha… ha…. haha.”
That’s definitely not true. Holding a bobblehead night for a player is not a binding agreement. It hasn’t stopped teams from trading players in the past.
But there was strategy from Syndergaard here. By commenting publicly, he’s getting the fans on his side. If he does get traded, Mets fans will know he wanted to stay. The deal won’t be spun as Syndergaard wanting to leave. He won’t be painted as the bad guy.
The 26-year-old Syndergaard should draw plenty of interest if he’s still available on the trade market. Syndergaard posted a 3.03 ERA over 154 1/3 innings last season, and is eligible for arbitration through 2021. When healthy, he’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball.
If the Mets truly hope to contend in 2019, it might help to keep a player like Syndergaard around. Not just because he might pitch well, but because he actually wants to be on the team.
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