The Mets have not made final decisions on qualifying offers, but are leaning toward making those offers to Michael Conforto and Noah Syndergaard, according to a person with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking.
The deadline for extending the $18.4 million qualifying offer is Sunday at 5 p.m. ET.
Conforto is the easy call, because both outcomes are positive for the team: He would either accept the one-year contract to play right field for the Mets, or sign elsewhere. If he does the latter, the Mets would receive a compensatory draft pick.
The decision on Syndergaard is more complex, because pitchers returning from serious injuries typically command less money (Corey Kluber — a two-time Cy Young Award winner — got $11 million on a one-year deal from the Yankees last year).
Syndergaard underwent Tommy John surgery in 2020 and returned late last season, not yet ready to throw breaking balls.
The Mets could negotiate a lower deal with Syndergaard. But given the team’s need for pitching and Syndergaard’s stated desire to stay, the lean as of today is to simply make the qualifying offer.
Source: Yahoo Sports