New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard is heading to the Los Angeles Angels on a one-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical.
Syndergaard declined his qualifying offer worth $18.4 million.
The 29-year-old spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Mets. He made one All-Star team (2016) during that time. Still, injuries overtook him, leading him to miss two seasons due to Tommy John surgery.
During his time with the Mets, Syndergaard had a 47-31 record with a 3.31 ERA. His walk to strikeout ratio was 166:777.
The move leaves Jacob deGrom as the sole pitcher from the Mets’ starting rotation for the 2015 World Series.
Signing a starting pitcher was a top priority for the Angels this winter. But the Angels took a risk in signing the injury-prone right-handed pitcher. The Angels will forfeit their second-round draft pick in 2022 because Syndergaard was tendered his qualifying offer.
It is believed Syndergaard was of interest to other teams including the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees.
With Syndergaard out of the equation, it is more important than ever for the Mets to re-sign Marcus Stroman, who proved to be a durable and reliable pitcher during the 2021 season.
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