The Dodgers sent Noah Syndergaard to Cleveland in exchange for shortstop Amed Rosario on Wednesday night after a disappointing stint in Los Angeles for the former All-Star.
Syndergaard held a 7.16 ERA across 55.1 innings for the Dodgers, and couldn’t seem to get it going for a team that had high expectations for the 30-year-old. Syndergaard has been away from the mound since early June. He let up 6 earned runs, 2 home runs before being pulled after 3 innings.
Rosario’s season is not going particularly great either, as the 27-year-old has posted a subpar minus-15 defensive runs along with a .265/.306/.369 record at the plate.
Syndergaard hopes that a fresh start in Cleveland will revive what was a brutal chapter in his career, and is set to start for the Guardians Monday against Houston.
“I just really appreciate the already open and honest dialogue that I’m getting from [Guardians manager Terry Francona],” Syndergaard said after the trade. “I understand it’s a really young team. I just want to add some value in veteran leadership to the young guys and just work on being the best version of Noah I can be.”(Via MLB.com)
Syndergaard reflected on his time in LA, which both parties are likely happy is coming to an end.
“My time with the Dodgers didn’t necessarily go as planned,” Syndergaard said. “Didn’t really blossom into the pitcher I wanted to be.”(Via MLB.com)
Syndergaard was the subject of much criticism during his struggles, as Dodger fans and national pundits alike wondered what was up with the once-great pitcher. For Syndergaard, the noise surrounding his struggles proved to be a negative rather than motivational.
“I think over the last two years, I’ve had a lot of cooks in the kitchen,” Syndergaard said. “I think it’s going out there and not really listening to what people think I should or should not be doing, but going out there and feeling and doing what feels good and natural to me.”(Via MLB.com)
The Dodgers continue to buy at the deadline, making moves to bolster their pitching. With only three days remaining before Aug. 1, all eyes are on what stars the Dodgers might add, particularly a potential right-handed batter.
LA holds a three-game lead over the San Fransisco Giants and began a series against the Cincinnati Reds Friday night.
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