A New York landlord is suing Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard for allegedly not paying rent on a Manhattan penthouse the player was supposedly planning on living in during the 2020 MLB season. USA Today Sports obtained the federal lawsuit on Saturday.
According to the complaint, which was filed Thursday, Syndergaard allegedly "treated the binding Lease like an option" and neither moved into the apartment nor did he pay any rent for the place. The apartment lease, which had a $27,000 monthly payment, was supposed to begin on March 20 of this year and go until Nov. 30. The agreement was approved back in February and was submitted for evidence in the suit.
The apartment itself is "a 2,700 square foot duplex, with three bedrooms, three large terraces, high-end architectural design, and designer finishes," per USA Today.
The lawsuit states that the landlord of the unit notified Syndergaard on April 17 -- just 27 days after his lease was supposed to have begun -- that he had defaulted on his lease and owed $80,000, a total that did not include late fees or interest. The pitcher's lawyers replied less than two weeks later, saying he "has no intention of taking possession of the subject premises and the landlord is hereby free to re-rent it as he sees fit."
Syndergaard, who will miss the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, responded to news of the lawsuit on Saturday night. Needless to say, the pitcher seems pretty confident on his chances in court.
Syndergaard had more to say when someone on Twitter compared the situation to contract negotiations.
You mean like MLB did to every Player this contract year due to the Covid pandemic? Which the players negotiated and excepted to be paid on a pro rated basis per games played because it’s fair for both parties? Like that? Did I scream BUT MY CONTRACT? No. Just shut up Chief. https://t.co/KwJErgornx— Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) May 25, 2020
The landlord, 600 Summer LLC, is seeking at least $250,000 for breach of contract, and compensation for "attorneys fees, costs, and other expenses of litigation."