Syndergaard had signed an eight-month lease on a three-bedroom, 2,700-square-foot duplex at 116 Hudson St., the landlord states in the lawsuit. The lease term began on March 20, but the lawsuit says Syndergaard never moved in and hasn’t made any rent payments.
Syndergaard “treated the binding Lease like an option,” the lawsuit alleges.
After signing up for the rental, Syndergaard “decided not to take possession of the Leased premises, Syndergaard repudiated and abandoned his obligations under the Lease, refusing to take possession of the Leased Premises, and declining to make any of the required payments,” the court documents say.
The original agreement was reached one month before a citywide shutdown was put in place in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Major League Baseball season was suspended on March 12.
The changing circumstances undoubtedly changed Syndergaard’s plans for the summer. After missing the first payment, the landlord notified Syndergaard on April 17 that he had defaulted on the lease, according to court documents. Two weeks later, Syndergaard’s lawyer informed the landlord he was free to re-rent the duplex since his client had “no intentions” of moving in.
The landlord is seeking $250,000 for the full value of the eight-month lease.
What does Noah Syndergaard’s future hold?
Syndergaard, 27, was among baseball’s best pitchers in 2015 and 2016 before injuries started to plague his career. He made just 32 combined starts over the next two seasons before going 10-8 with a 4.28 ERA in 32 starts last season.
Slated to reach free agency following the 2021 season, this was going to be an important season for Syndergaard’s future. After failing to reach an agreement on a contract extension last season, there were constant rumors about a trade that never happened. The Mets held on and eventually avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.7 million over the winter.
Due to his injury, Syndergaard is now a lock to return to New York in 2021. But his return to ace status is anything but a guarantee.