The Dodgers signed right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard to a one-year, $13 million contract on Wednesday, which seemed a little light by this offseason’s standards. Sean Manaea got two years, and Jameson Taillon and Taijuan Walker got four years each. Seeing Syndergaard sign a one-year deal was a little surprising.
As it turns out, we were probably right to be surprised.
Noah had multiyear options for more $ elsewhere but preferred 1 year in LA. Also $1.5M incentives. https://t.co/EeUKqavWX1
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 14, 2022
Syndergaard, 30, had offers for more years and guaranteed money elsewhere, a source said, but instead opted for the opportunity to work in the Dodgers’ pitching development factory and perhaps reset his market.
He will have an opportunity to earn an additional $1.5 million in incentives, a source said. Then Syndergaard can reenter the market after a chance to enjoy success similar to Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney, who each turned one-year deals from the Dodgers (Anderson for $8 million, Heaney for $8.5 million) into multiyear windfalls. Those two earned a combined $64 million guaranteed this winter in deals with the Angels and Rangers.
After seeing the success Anderson and Heaney had, it makes sense for Syndergaard — who has better tools than either of them — to try to replicate that magic with the Dodgers. If Mark Prior can do his magic once again, it will be a win/win for Syndergaard and L.A., as he could be the best fifth starter in baseball.
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