A healthy Noah Syndergaard may return to his dominance where he shone as a young pitcher, but it won’t be with the Mets. The right-back agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday, joining a team that is tall in star power but poor in shooting.
The 29-year-old Sundergaard will give the Angels the pitcher who has the highest bonus in this year’s free agency class, but also carries a huge risk. While the commitment was for just one year, Los Angeles paid a steep price, guaranteeing the struggling Syndergaard $21 million and giving the Mets a compensatory draft pick, making an offer that would pay Syndergaard $18.4 million.
The deal with Angels, first reported by ESPN and MLB Network on Monday, announced by angels After a physical is complete on Tuesday.
Syndergaard joins a team that has two of the best players in baseball, Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani. After finishing in fourth place in the American League West, Los Angeles is working under an ultimatum because two-way superstar Ohtani has hinted that the team must start winning to keep him happy before his free agency. in 2024.
Los Angeles has invested heavily in offense in recent years with big commitments to Trout and third baseman Anthony Rendon, but the team’s shooting has been patchwork at best. Going 9-2 with a 3.18 ERA (in addition to 46 home runs), Ohtani was the team’s most effective kicker and the only shooter on the roster to exceed 100 innings in 2021.
Syndergaard may be the best player missing from the team. He has a 3.32 ERA over six seasons and averaged 9.7 goals in nine innings. He was in the World Series as a rookie in 2015. He became an All-Star in 2016. But things have gotten a lot more jarring since then.
have swelled up significantly After the 2016 season, he had only seven starts in 2017 due to a tear in his right latissimus muscle. And after unstable efforts in 2018 and 2019, Tommy John missed the whole of 2020 due to surgery and only played in two key games in the final week of the 2021 season due to inflammation in his throwing elbow.
While the Mets showed their faith in Syndergaard by extending their qualifying bid, they didn’t seem to want to add more risk in terms of salary or year, by allowing their pitcher from Toronto in 2012 to their pitcher from Toronto in 2012. RA Dickey trade leaving only in exchange for a draft pick that would be 70th overall.
Syndergaard showing the ability to laugh at himself replied to a tweet Sharing a video of a scene from Syndergaard’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” questioning whether Syndergaard was worth the risk of an elimination bid, MLB Network’s Jon Heyman said to Larry David, “Thanks for sharing this story.”