Noah Syndergaard Called Dodgers Best ‘Under the Radar’ Move of the Offseason
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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