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The Philadelphia Phillies get Noah Syndergaard, the Atlanta Braves get Raisel Iglesias

Last night when I wrote this, it really seemed as if the Jays were bringing Syndergaard back.

Although it was widely reported that the Jays had an interest in the 29-year-old, per Jeff Passan, the Phillies have acquired the large right-hander.

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Prior to 2022, Syndergaard only pitched two innings since the 2019 season, as he underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2020.

He signed a one-year deal worth $21,000,000 with the Angels last free agency and will be a free agent at the end of 2022.

This season, Syndergaard has posted a 3.83 ERA and a 3.96 FIP in 80 innings pitched. He has also posted a K% of 18.9% and BB% of 6.5%. For his career, the 6’6 righty has a K% of 25.6% and a BB% of 5.7%.

It is of note, however, that when I wrote the “Meet the Sellers” on the Angels on July 13th, he only had a K/9 of 7.02.  Since then, it has risen to 7.20. In fact, in his past six starts, Syndergaard has a K/9 of 9.09 over 33.2 innings pitched.

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Prior to the injury, his four-seam fastball had an average velocity of 97.5-99 mph, but it dropped to just 94.5 mph this season. Syndergaard also throws a sinker, a changeup and a curveball.

As for Iglesias…

I’ll be honest with you, I’m glad the Jays didn’t have to take on the full contract of Iglesias. While the 32-year-old is only making $10 million this season, his contract is backloaded, meaning he’ll be making $16 million for each of the next three seasons.

While his ERA of 4.04 and FIP of 3.17 is definitely solid, he has seen a drop in his velocity, which has led to inconsistent results.

Had the Angels sent money back, I would’ve considered it, but that full contract wasn’t really an option.

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As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Brennan_L_D. An article breaking down each prospect traded will likely be posted tomorrow.


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