Signed a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels for $22 million
No stranger to the Blue Jays organization, right-hander Noah Syndergaard was in an interesting spot heading into the 2021/2022 offseason. Since being traded to the New York Mets in 2012 as part of the R.A. Dickey package, Thor has put up solid numbers when healthy. He missed all of the 2020 season and most of the 2021 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery while also missing time throughout his career due to various injuries. Overall with the Mets, Syndergaard earned a 3.32 ERA but only made 121 starts over six seasons and seven years with the club.
The Blue Jays’ front office was interested in a reunion with their former top prospect and were reportedly very close to re-signing him before he agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels, as it apparently came down to the Angels offering a bit more money when all was said and done.
With the Angels, Syndergaard has continued to pitch well, owning a 3.08 ERA through seven starts while adding a 1.079 WHIP through 38.0 innings. His strikeouts are on the lower side compared to his career average at 6.4 K/9 but he is throwing well, limiting opposing batters to a .231 batting average and keeping the walks in check, sitting in the 84th percentile when it comes to BB%.
It looks like it will net the right-hander a nice payday this upcoming offseason if he can stay par for the course, with the Blue Jays not scheduled to see him this upcoming road trip.