Noah Syndergaard isn’t thinking about what could’ve been. He isn’t looking back at his decision to leave the Mets, and the dream season he has missed out on.
“I have no regrets,” the Phillies’ right-hander said on Friday, in his first trip back to Citi Field as an opposing player. “It’s led me to where I am now.”
Syndergaard shed some light on his decision not to take the qualifying offer the Mets extended, and sign a one-year, $21 million deal with the Angels. Too much had happened in Queens. For him to restart his career, he had to move on.
“That energy that can make New York so great and positive can also bite you in the butt a little bit, especially with what I’m going through now. I felt like if I was doing that playing here, everything would be highlighted,” said Syndergaard, traded to the Phillies right before the trade deadline on Aug. 2. “That was a big fear of mine.”
At the time he left New York, Syndergaard said the Mets were too much in flux, and he didn’t want to gamble on the “uncertainty” with the franchise. The Mets were still looking for a new general manager then. They settled on Billy Eppler, and made a number of major additions — from Max Scherzer and Adam Ottavino, to Starling Marte and Mark Canaha — that has led to their best record through 100 games since 1986.
“It’s been great witnessing their success from a distance,” Syndergaard said. “I’m still rooting for those guys from the other side.”
But Syndergaard doesn’t regret going out west, even if he is back in the northeast again.
“Am I happy?” he said. “I am. Life is really good right now.”