Although the Dodgers did not make any huge splashes this offseason, Noah Syndergaard was one player they acquired who plans to have a significant role on the team.
In December of 2022, Los Angeles signed the pitcher to a one-year deal for $13 million. This move was highlighted in The Athletic’s recent article which detailed every MLB team’s best under-the-radar offseason move ahead of the 2023 season.
Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic expounded on how the 30-year-old can benefit the Dodgers:
“It’s cheating, since this is the second-biggest guarantee the Dodgers gave someone this winter, but it’s Noah Syndergaard. The Dodgers have shown a track record when it comes to pitching development, taking Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney and turning them into effective starters (and in Anderson’s case, an All-Star) in 2022. Syndergaard is a similar, if not more sculpted ball of clay for the Dodgers to work with. At the very least, he provides some insurance for a rotation that has promising young arms in Ryan Pepiot, Bobby Miller and Gavin Stone but doesn’t want to overwhelm them early.”
After the Dodgers took a hit from losing Tyler Anderson and Andrew Heaney, Syndergaard hopes to deliver in the most effective manner this season. Although the All-Star suffered a Tommy John surgery in 2020, Syndergaard is aiming to rebuild his game and deliver as a veteran pitcher.
The 30-year-old will be accompanied by fellow All-Star players including Julio Urías, Clayton Kershaw, and Tony Gonsolin.
Last season, Syndergaard threw 134? innings between the Phillies and the Angels while posting a 3.94 ERA. As he joins a new squad in Los Angeles, he is expected to fill a big role and return to his prime self.
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