Report: Dodgers to sign RHP Noah Syndergaard to 1 year, $13 million deal

Two moves in one day? Andrew Friedman must be feeling frisky, because I can assure you he doesn’t really care what the fans think about the Dodgers’ offseason thus far. From Jeff Passan of ESPN:

With the way the Dodgers have been avoiding spending any real money — present or future — this almost seemed inevitable.

Noah Syndergaard, 30, is getting a $13 million deal for one season, with a chance to make $1.5 million in incentives.


Shane is going to have an in-depth write-up about Syndergaard (probably tomorrow), but for now, I’ll give you some surface-level stuff.


Syndergaard signed with the Angels last winter on a 1-year, $21 million deal. He was traded to the Phillies at the trade deadline. At both stops, he was decidedly mediocre. He had a 3.83 ERA and 3.95 FIP with the Angels and a 4.12 ERA and 3.66 FIP with the Phillies. The minor improvement with Philly is a little encouraging, but for a guy who used to routinely strike out hitters at a mid-to-high-20% clip, his 16.8 K% last season is a big red flag. Luckily, he minimized the damage by walking just 5.5% of the hitters he faced.

If anyone is going to be able to get him back to his 2015-19 self, it’s Mark Prior and the Dodgers. In those five years, he was one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball:

  • 3.31 ERA
  • 2.92 FIP
  • 20.7 K-BB%
  • 0.79 HR/9
  • 18.7 fWAR

The Dodgers’ rotation looks a little better at this point, but it’s still lacking.

  1. Julio Urias
  2. Clayton Kershaw
  3. Dustin May
  4. Tony Gonsolin
  5. Syndergaard


We’ll see what the Dodgers can do. I’m lukewarm on the deal overall. I mean, there’s no such thing as a bad 1-year deal, but I’m skeptical he can return to form. Also, he’s kind of a jerk. But we know that doesn’t stop Friedman from signing players, as long as they can play ball good.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.