Dodgers and the right-hander Noah Syndergaard They are under contract, reports say Jeff Passan of ESPN. The terms of the contract have not yet been announced. It’s a one-year contract, at Athletic Fabian Ardaya. Syndergaard will make $13MM and incentives, at John Heyman of the New York Post. Syndergaard could earn an additional $1.5MM in those incentives. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

Syndergaard, 30, once looked like one of the best pitchers in the majors. In the year He threw 183 2/3 innings in 2016 with a 2.60 ERA, 29.3% strikeout rate, 5.8% walk rate and 51.2% ground ball rate. According to FanGraphs estimates, he has 6.0 wins over replacement, ahead of Clayton Kershaw and Jose Fernandez for third place among pitchers. That stretch from 2015 to 2019 was a highlight of 716 innings with a 3.31 ERA, 26.4% strikeout rate, 5.6% walk rate and 49.1% ground ball rate.

Unfortunately, he has been unable to be himself for the past few years as he required Tommy John surgery in March 2020. That kept him from making any noise that season and he faced a few setbacks in 2021, ultimately being limited. To throw two innings at the end of the year. Despite that lengthy layoff, the Mets extended him a qualifying offer after that season, which he turned down to sign a one-year, $21MM deal with the Angels.

2022 was good but not good for Syndergaard. He lasted long enough to make 24 starts and one relief appearance, pitching 134 2/3 innings. His 3.94 ERA wasn’t impressive, though it was solid enough. However, his fastball averaged 98.2 mph from 2015 to 2018 and hit “just” 94.5 mph.

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