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Lawsuit filed against Noah Syndergaard over unpaid rent

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Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard has been named as the defendant in a lawsuit filed by the landlord of an apartment in the Tribeca neighborhood of Manhattan. (Tribeca is an acronym from “Triangle below Canal Street.”) Syndergaard leased the property for March through November, Stephen Rex Brown of the New York Daily News reported over the weekend.

The landlord is seeking damages in excess of $250,000. Syndergaard rented the property before the country reacted to the coronavirus epidemic. As a result, he never moved into the property.

On Saturday, Syndergaard responded to the news, tweeting:

So let me get this straight. I fairly, and in good faith offered to pay 2 months rent (over 50K) to a landlord for a place I was never going to step foot in due to a global pandemic that took a severe toll upon the residents of NYC, gave timely notice to attempt to try and re-rent, while getting TJ and now living in Florida for rehab, and the landlord tries to extort me for 250K while leaking this story to the media, and I’m the bad guy? Yeah, ok. See you in court pal.

Indeed, Syndergaard — who had been previously named in trade rumors — was diagnosed with a torn UCL in March and underwent Tommy John surgery, knocking him out for the 2020 season and likely forcing him into a late start in 2021. The right-hander and the Mets avoided arbitration in January, agreeing to a $9.7 million salary for the 2020 season. Syndergaard has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining before he can become a free agent.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.