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Dodgers News: LA Reportedly in Agreement with Noah Syndergaard on One Year Deal

The Dodgers finally made a move to somewhat write home about! ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported on Wednesday that the club and free agent pitcher Noah Syndergaard are in agreement on a contract. Jon Heyman of the New York Post was the first to report that it is a one year, $13 million deal with incentives.

As the offseason has trudged along, Syndergaard has seemed like the type of pitcher LA would consider signing. The 30-year-old right-hander is a former NL All-Star but has struggled to regain his previous dominance since Tommy John surgery knocked him out of action for 2020 and most of the 2021 seasons.

Last year he signed a deal with the Angels and put together 15 good not great starts in Anaheim. Over 80 innings, the veteran posted a 3.83 ERA before being traded to the NL Pennant winning Phillies at the trade deadline. With Philadelphia, Syndergaard struggled to get batters out, allowing 10.4 hits per 9 innings.

At his finest, Thor strung together a 3.31 ERA over 5 seasons and 716 innings with the Mets. His best season came back in 2016 when he went 14-9 with a 2.60 ERA over 31 games (30 starts), something the Dodgers will hope he can get back to under the watchful eye of pitching coach Mark Prior and LA’s magic pitching factory.

Syndergaard will join Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw in the starting rotation along with young right-handers Tony Gonsolin and Dustin May. He also allows the front office to slow play the youth movement to a degree, adding much-needed major league depth to the club.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint is the lead editor of Dodgers Nation, and a host and analyst on Dodgers Nation's own Blue Heaven podcast live stream. He's been writing, blogging, and podcasting Dodgers since about 2008. He was there for Nomar, Greg Maddux, and Blake DeWitt, and he'll be there for Walker Buehler, Alex Verdugo, Dustin May, and any Dodgers of the future. He's also a sandwich enthusiast, a consummate athlete, and a friend.

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10 Comments

  1. Finally some help!!!. The Mighty Thor coming to L.A. He’s bringing the intensity plus the Hammer y’all…

  2. Buehler doesn’t pitch until Sep. May’s arm wasn’t healed, Gonsolin has elbow probs. Thor is damaged goods, the new heyerserye releiver guy just had surgery, can Friedman go after anyone that’s healthy? Is it criteria to have to have a scar on your pitching arm to play for the Dodgers? it’s dumpster diving 101 as perfected by only the Dodgers…

    1. Well, last year “dumpster diving 101” brought a backend starter/long reliever who’d been generally unimpressive with the Pirates. That guy’s name was Tyler Anderson. If Syndergaard turns out the same way, I certainly won’t be complaining.

    2. Injuries and recovery therefrom are part of the game. Per your specifications, Kershaw shouldn’t be on the team, or Buehler for that matter. Very few pitchers make it through a career without some kind of injury.

      The only way to have injury free pitchers is to go to a machine and that will never happen. If you put the 10 best pitchers (with at least 5 seasons of service) in baseball in a pot and pulled out nine names, you would be hard pressed to pull out one injury free pitcher. A pitcher is only as injury free as his next pitch. And the one that was already injury free (for now) is Shohei Ohtani.

  3. Hopefully things go that way for sure but all this 101-signing means is the Dodgers won’t be getting Rodon, and that same “HOPE” the entire pitching staff rebounds from Tommy John and injured throwing arms mentality is alive and well in Dodgerville. Urias and Anderson were the “ONLY” pitchers that weren’t injured. Don’t know about you but if I knew all of my pitching staff were unsettled last year, I may go after pitchers that don’t have history of blowouts. Even if Buehler is close to as healthy as expected, we can now count on May-Gonsolin-Synderguard as question marks once again. Visions of Kahnle,May-Duffy were huge question marks last year at this time. None of them helped when needed most, and with that said I have no faith in the Dodgers hi stakes poker game of Bluff while other National league teams like Phillies, Mets, Braves,Padres are ALL In……The Dodgers are not, and they will not be winning anything soon because all of those teams mentioned don’t build their rosters on HOPE….

    1. They aren’t getting Rodon anyway so let it go. Like his buddy Trea Turner he prefers to play on the (L)east coast, or at least his wife prefers it… lol.

  4. Another gamble by our Cheap management. We got a guy that nobody wanted. The big hitters in our Division our foaming at the mouth over this one !

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