MLB Free Agent Rumors: Top 3 Fits for Noah Syndergaard

Finding a team in need of a quick fix in their rotation is not a difficult task in baseball these days. With pitchers dropping like flies, going down with arm problems, there are plenty of teams that could use a starter. 

Which is why it might be a bit puzzling that Noah Syndergaard is still out there on the free agent market. Certainly, the former flame-thrower isn't the 'Thor' he used to be before his Tommy John surgery in 2020. But he's been throwing for teams on various occasions since January, and maybe someone will eventually take the bait.

Syndergaard could possibly still be a serviceable starter, as he was in 2022 when he pitched to a 3.94 ERA with the LA Angels and the Philadelphia Phillies. But the $21 million dollar offers (like he got that season from the Angels) won't be coming anymore. Nor will the $13 million ones, like he got last year from the LA Dodgers last year when he posted a 6.50 ERA with LA and Cleveland. 

He's still only 31, and maybe, with all pitchers going down to injury, he might get another chance. Here are three teams that could be good fits:

Miami Marlins

With ace Sandy Alcantara out for the season, and electric youngster Eury Perez joining him on the sidelines for the year due to Tommy John surgery, the Marlins' pitching is not quite up to snuff this season. Their 5.06 team ERA ranks near the bottom of the majors. Adding a veteran starter isn't usually the Fish's m.o., as they like their rotation arms young, but it might be worth a shot.

Minnesota Twins

The Twins fancy themselves as contenders in the AL Central this year, but to this point, they've only had two starting pitchers show that they're reliable, in Pablo Lopez and Joe Ryan. After that, it's been a hot mess, and they need to find another starter somewhere. Could they take a chance on Thor?

Atlanta Braves

Alex Anthopoulos was the GM for the Toronto Blue Jays who drafted Syndergaard back in 2012. Thor immediately became one of the top prospects in baseball. But AA then used him as bait for a huge trade with the New York Mets which landed the reigning Cy Young winner RA Dickey, among others, in Toronto (one of the early swings-and-misses of Anthopoulos's time with the Jays). 

Would AA be willing to give Thor another look, over a decade later? The Braves just lost their ace, Spencer Strider, for the season, so could there be an opening in Alex's rotation for a familiar face? 

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