Phillies buy Noah Syndergaard from Angels

Phillies acquire Noah Syndergaard angels, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Mickey Moniak and another prospect will head to the Angels, by Jayson Stark of The Athletic. stark adds that the second prospect is outfielder Jadiel Sanchez.

With the Phillies in the midst of a playoff race and the Angels well out, they make good business partners. In fact, it’s the second deal of the day between the Angels and the Phillies, after they already traded Brandon Swamp for Logan O’Hoppe.

Syndergaard, 29, was an excellent pitcher for the Mets from 2015 to 2019, with a 3.31 ERA in that time, as well as a 49.1% rushing rate, strikeout rate of 26.4% and a walking rate of 5.6%. Sadly, Tommy John’s surgery wiped out his 2020 and nearly all of his 2021, with ‘Thor’ returning to the field just two innings late in the season.

Despite almost no action for two years, the Mets extended an $18.4 million qualifying offer to Syndergaard, which he declined. The Angels decided to gamble on his track record and signed him to a one-year, $21 million contract, also giving up a draft pick in the process.

Syndergaard had a quality season for the Halos, but not quite up to his previous standards. Through 15 starts and 80 innings on the year, he has a 3.83 ERA, 44.9% strikeout rate, 6.5% walk rate but 18.9% strikeout rate very diminished. His speed isn’t as strong as it used to be and that batting drop is significant, but he still fills the strike zone and keeps runs off the board.

For the Phillies, their rotation has been without Zach Eflin has been around a month with a knee injury, and he was moved to the 60-day injured list earlier Tuesday. Syndergaard will take his place in the rotation next to Aaron Nola, Zack Wheeler, Kyle Gibson and Ranger Suarez.

For the Angels, Moniak essentially replaces Marsh, who was dealt to the Phillies earlier Tuesday. The first pick in the 2016 draft, he has yet to live up to his prospect hype. In 162 career games over the past three seasons, he’s cut just .129/.214/.172. However, he can still be picked for the rest of this season and another season as well, which means the Angels can give him plenty of Triple-A time to try and get back on track. He also had less than a year of MLB service time this season, which means they can keep him on the team for years to come.

As for Sanchez, 21, the hard-hitting outfielder was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 2019 draft. He landed 19th place on Baseball America’s Philly top prospect list in their last update, BA noting its excellent exit speed in miners. In 38 A-ball games this year, he’s hitting .236/.286/.429, wRC+ of 101.

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