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Angels to sign Noah Syndergaard to one year, $21 million deal, per report

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The Angels needed pitching. They still need more pitching, but they did sign one of the highest upside free agents on the market.

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The Angels have been tragically inept at building around arguably the two best players in baseball right now. Most of the time, if a roster has both Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani on it, they should be competitive. While injuries have played a role here (in addition to some bad contracts), one of the biggest reasons the Angels HAVEN’T been particularly competitive has been due to woeful pitching.

It is clear that GM Perry Minasian is looking to fix that in the short and long-term. In the 2021 MLB Draft, every single player the Angels picked were pitchers. In theory, at least a few of those guys will turn into at least useful major leaguers. Moreover, the Angels have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball...so focusing on such a glaring roster weakness with such ferocity certainly has some merit.

That doesn’t solve the Angels’ short-term pitching woes, though, and the Angels made a pretty significant move towards remedying that.

Noah Syndergaard was probably the highest upside pitcher on the free agent market. There is no denying how dominant he can be when he is healthy thanks to one of the better fastball/slider combinations you are likely to see. However, he has had real problems staying healthy and he also had a qualifying offer attached to his free agency. While the Angels have to give up a draft pick to sign him, doing so for a one-year deal gives Syndergaard a chance to rebuild his value while not forcing the Angels to commit a ton of money on a long-term deal for a pitcher with health risks.

As for the Mets, this feels like a situation that Syndergaard could have gotten this same deal from New York but he was ready to move on. Now the Mets another roster hole to fill and a new GM (oddly enough, former Angels GM Billy Eppler just got the Mets’ top job) having to fill it.