Angels invest high risk in Noah Syndergaard, hoping for high return in 2022 – The Athletic

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The Angels made their first big splash of the offseason, apparently signing Noah Syndergaard to a one-year, $ 21 million contract for the 2022 season.

There are two ways of looking at this signature. One – this is a massive investment in a player who pitched two innings in the past two years. The Angels are set to win in 2022, and Syndergaard hasn’t realistically helped his team win in three years.

And secondly, it’s a signing that indicates the team’s strong push to win straight away. And it shows they’re willing to take a risk on a pitcher with incredibly high upside potential. There is no other reason to spend a lot on a player in a season unless you expect to win this season.

The Angels have not confirmed the signing of Syndergaard. ESPN, which first reported the news, said the deal was pending a physical exam. The Angels will also drop a second-round draft pick as Syndergaard, 29, recently extended a qualifying offer for the New York Mets – the team he spent the first seven years of his MLB career with.

The Angels entered the offseason with a clear goal. It was to improve their pitching staff. The rotation. The enclosure. Organizational depth.

This signature reflects this. But it’s also a huge drop in the 2022 payroll funds available. At GM meetings last week, Angels general manager Perry Minasian did not close the door on the payroll increase in 2022. But he also would not have committed.

The Angels’ payroll in 2021 was just over $ 180 million. After signing Syndergaard, the Angels’ payroll for 2022 will be around $ 140 million.


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