October 4, 2023

Former Phils nemesis Noah Syndergaard traded to Philadelphia


Jim Rassol/USA Today

With just minutes to spare ahead of the deadline, the Phillies traded for right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard. The Phillies sent former first-overall draft pick Mickey Moniak to the Angels along with prospect Yadiel Sanchez.

Syndergaard has a 3.83 ERA in 15 starts with the Angels in 2022. He will join his former teammate Zack Wheeler in the Phillies rotation.

Syndergaard and Wheeler pitched together for five years between 2015 and 2019. Syndergaard was one of the best pitchers in the league in the 2010s, but injuries set him back. He signed a one-year deal with Los Angeles, and he was able to remake himself without having the same velocity he did earlier in his career.

While Syndergaard wasn’t the best option for starting pitching on the market, he will fill out the end of the starting rotation. Bailey Falter is expected to return to Lehigh Valley with the addition of Syndergaard.

The main concern surrounding Syndergaard’s shipment to Philly is his ability to pitch on four days of rest. The Angels ran with a six-man rotation because of his injury history, and Syndergaard will have to adjust to pitching every five days.

He will likely become a free agent following the season.

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