Syndergaard, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Mets, making one All-Star team and displaying perhaps the nastiest array of pitches for a starter in the major leagues. Having pitched only two innings since 2019 because of Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard will join an Angels rotation that was among the worst in the big leagues last season.
The Angels’ pursuit of starting pitching this winter was their top priority, with two-way star Shohei Ohtani coming off a season that will end with the American League MVP award and outfielder Mike Trout returning from an injury-plagued 2021.
The Los Angeles Angels and right-hander Noah Syndergaard have agreed to a one-year, $21 million contract for 2022, CBS Sports HQ’s Jim Bowden confirms. The deal is pending a physical. Syndergaard previously received a qualifying offer from the Mets, which would’ve paid him $18.4 million for the 2022 season.
The signing means that Angels will forfeit their second-highest draft pick in 2022. The Mets in turn will receive a compensatory pick. Syndergaard, 29, pitched just two innings in 2021 as he completed his recovery from Tommy John surgery.
He also missed the abbreviated 2020 season while recovering from the procedure, which he underwent in May of that year. In 2019, Syndergaard worked a career-high 197 2/3 innings for the Mets. Across parts of six major-league seasons, Syndergaard owns an ERA of 3.32 (119 ERA+) with a K/BB ratio of 4.68. In 2016, he made the All-Star team and finished eighth in the NL Cy Young balloting.
The Angels pitching staff makeover is underway.
On Tuesday, the team agreed to terms with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on a one-year, $21-million deal pending a physical, according to several media reports, striking a deal with the former All-Star to join their rotation for the 2022 season.
Syndergaard, 29, was one of the more interesting names on the free agent market this winter. Once among baseball’s most promising young pitchers, the right-hander has thrown only two innings the last two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020.
The first of what Angels fans hope will be multiple rotation additions is nearing the finish line, as ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Halos have agreed to a one-year, $21MM contract with free-agent righty Noah Syndergaard. The deal is still pending a physical. (Jon Morosi of MLB.com first reported, via Twitter, that the two sides were making progress on a deal.)
Syndergaard received an $18.4MM qualifying offer from the Mets last week, and his agreement with the Angels effectively amounts to rejecting that offer. As such, the Angels will forfeit their second-highest selection in next year’s draft. The Mets, meanwhile, will receive a compensatory draft pick after the completion of Competitive Balance Round B (typically in the No. 75 overall range).
Less than 24 hours after the Mets finalized an agreement to make Billy Eppler their next general manager, his former team in the Los Angeles Angels snagged one of their long-time pitchers in free agency.
Noah Syndergaard has decided to reject the Mets’ qualifying offer, and is instead signing with the Angels on a one-year, $21 million deal, per ESPN’s Jeff Passan.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports “Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels are in agreement on a one-year, $21 million deal, pending physical, sources tell ESPN. The Angels bolster their staff with the highest-upside arm on the market — and pay a heavy price, plus a second-rounder.”
MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reports “A former Mets official heard Syndegaard had two $21m offers besides the Angels—and one for close to $25m.”