The Los Angeles Angels and right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard of the Mets have agreed to a one-year, $21 million contract for 2022, pending a physical. Syndergaard previously received a qualifying offer from the Mets, which would’ve paid him $18.4 million for the 2022 season. The signing means that Angels will forfeit their second-highest draft pick in 2022. and the Mets in turn will receive a compensatory pick.
The 29-year-old Syndergaard pitched just two innings in 2021 as he completed his recovery from Tommy John surgery. He also missed the abbreviated 2020 season while recovering from the procedure, which he underwent in May of that year. In 2019, Syndergaard worked a career-high 197 2/3 innings for the Mets. Across parts of six major-league seasons, Syndergaard owns an ERA of 3.32 (119 ERA+) with a K/BB ratio of 4.68. In 2016, he made the All-Star team and finished eighth in the NL Cy Young balloting.
When fully healthy, Syndergaard owns one of the biggest fastballs in the majors. However in addition to his torn UCL that required Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard has also dealt with lat, biceps, and finger issues.
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