Noah Syndergaard was openly critical of Sunday's opening day on Thursday about the status of team-mate Jacob deGrom's contract with the New York Mets and the team's itinerary.
The Mets and deGrom, reigning national winner Cy Young, though I've been discussing a contract extension, said on Saturday deGrom that he would be less optimistic that a deal could be reached by Opening Day. DeGrom is under the control of the club this season and 2020 and is expected to become a free agent in year 21.
On Sunday, Syndergaard publicly wondered what the holdup is, with other ace pitchers like Justin Verlander and Chris Sale days.
"Jake is the best baseball baseball player I think he deserves the value he deserves I want him to stay happy so if it's time for him to reach a free agency he stays on our side for the Mets, I think they should give up all this bustle and pay the man already, "Syndergaard told reporters on Sunday.
He said he was surprised that no deal had yet been signed between deGrom and the team. "If there was not a trend for other people to get contract renewals, I do not know what the situation would be like, but you can see Chris Sale, Verlander, and these guys getting extensions, I think it's about time Jacob did too one gets. "
Syndergaard also questioned the Mets itinerary O O Pening Day with no plans to halt in New York before the opening of Thursday's Washington against the Nationals. The team travel to Sarasota, Florida for nearly three hours on Sunday evening, then fly to Syracuse, New York to train before heading to Washington later.
"I do not know whose idea that was, but it's not smart," he said. "I do not think that's good for winning ball games ̵
Syndergaard said he had never been to Syracuse before and was not looking forward to the trip.
"Not the smallest bit," he said.