Noah Syndergaard trade details: Angels send starter to Phillies after rumored Blue Jays reunion


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Philadelphia fans: Thor is headed to a ballpark near you.

According to multiple reports, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard is headed to the Phillies, fortifying a rotation that already features top-of-the-line talent in Aaron Nola and Kevin Zack Wheeler.

The Angels took a flier on Syndergaard in the offseason, tying him down on a one-year, $21 million contract after pitching behemoth started just two games in 2021.

And although he had a poor May (5.40 ERA in five starts), Syndergaard has largely been effective on the hill for Los Angeles. He posted ERAs below 3.70 in June and July and has a sub-4.00 FIP on the season; all of which is appealing to a Philly roster hoping to secure a spot in the expanded playoffs bracket.

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Here’s everything you need to know about the pieces it took to get Syndergaard to Philadelphia.

This is what it took to fetch Syndergaard from the Angels, per reports:

Phillies receive: RHP Noah Syndergaard
Angels receive: OF Mickey Moniak, OF Jadiel Sanchez

With Syndergaard back in the NL East, the Phillies have a pretty formidable rotation. Nola and Wheeler are studs, while Zach Eflin and Ranger Suarez have made some positive contributions in the red-and-white this season.

As the deadline approached, it was rumored that Syndergaard could potentially reunite with the Blue Jays.

In the end, the Phillies sealed the deal.

If Syndergaard can keep the strong showings going — Syndergaard gave up one earned in 5.2 innings in his last start — he can add some real value as a middle-of-the-rotation arm. With Nola (2.85 FIP) and Wheeler (2.84 FIP) dealing, Thor won’t have the same type of pressure on him as was the case at Angel Stadium. Plus, he’ll get to return to Gotham, the place he shined so brightly as a youngster.

The Angels, meanwhile, get a pair of unproven outfield prospects in Moniak and Sanchez. For those interested in history, Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. Moniak hasn’t accomplished much so far as a big leaguer — he hit .091 in 33 at-bats last year and is following that campaign up with a .130 average in 46 ABs in 2022. At 24 years old, though, there’s still a little time for Moniak to grow.

Sanchez, just 21, was ranked as one of Philadelphia’s top-20 prospects, according to Baseball America. The switch-hitter got off to a torrid start in Class A ball, hitting .351 with a .926 OPS in his first 37 plate appearances this season.

He’s slowed since then, slashing .239/.288/.725 in 142 at-bats. But there is some buzz surrounding him. He’s got a little pop and decent speed, attributes the Angels need now more than ever amid concerns over Mike Trout’s long-term health and Shohei Ohtani’s long-term future.


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