MLB Rumors: Top 3 Potential Suitors For Noah Syndergaard

After two years away from the game, Noah Syndergaard managed to score a one-year, $21M deal with the Los Angeles Angels last offseason, hoping he was the Thor of old. The results were mixed, as his velocity wasn't quite what it used to be before surgery, but he still acquitted himself fairly well, posting a 3.94 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP in his comeback season. His 6.3 K/9 was way down from his glory years, but he still kept the walks down, and it appears he can still be a viable 4th starter. 

There's no qualifying offer attached to Syndergaard (due to his in-season trade from the Angels to the Philadelphia Phillies), so with no draft pick compensation to lose, some teams will certainly be willing to take a chance on the 30-year-old hurler with a pedigree such as his.

Texas Rangers

Once again, there's that Rangers team cropping up in discussions about free agent pitching. They will likely be a factor in every free agent starter as that is their focus this offseason. And they will be spending more money. The Rangers want to bring in not one, but multiple starting pitchers. Syndergaard is a good ol' Texas boy, so this one is worth watching.

Minnesota Twins

Another team with designs on improving its pitching staff. The Twins won't be the biggest of spenders on the free agent market (unless they decide to bite the bullet and match Carlos Correa's price), but it won't take a huge deal to secure Syndergaard, relatively speaking. Predictions have him earning a two- or three-year deal with an AAV of $13M-$14M. 

Toronto Blue Jays

This would be a different kind of homecoming. Syndergaard was a first-round pick by the Blue Jays in the 2010 Draft, and was the crown jewel of their farm system for a time, before they dealt him to the New York Mets in the ill-fated R.A. Dickey trade of 2013. The Jays had some interest in Syndergaard at the trade deadline this season, so they could revisit this. He certainly isn't the Thor of yore, but maybe the Jays can still get some major league service time out of their former prized farmhand.

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