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Dodgers News: Noah Syndergaard Turned Down Larger Offer to Sign With LA

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.

According to Dodgers beat writer Fabian Ardaya in The Athletic, Syndergaard chose to bet on himself and put his faith in L.A.’s development system.

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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Jeff Snider

Jeff was born into a Dodgers family in Southern California and is now raising a Dodgers family of his own in Utah. During his previous career as an executive at a technology company, he began writing about baseball in his spare time. After leaving corporate America in 2014, he started doing it professionally. Jeff wrote and edited for Baseball Essential for years before joining Dodgers Nation. He's also the co-host of the Locked On Dodgers podcast, a daily podcast that brings the smart fan's perspective on our Boys in Blue. Jeff has a degree in English from Brigham Young University. Favorite Player: Clayton Kershaw Favorite Moment: Kirk Gibson's homer will always have a place, but Kershaw's homer on Opening Day 2013 might be the winner.


  1. Let me get this straight. If it’s not about the money then its about….TO BE CONTINUED. I’ll leave it @ that. Y’all figure it out. Go Lions!!!

  2. Resetting his value. Good move by the GM. The team has gotten much better the past week. Play ball.

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