According to Blue Jays Nation’s very own Brendon Kuhn, the Blue Jays are in talks with the Los Angeles Angels about Noah Syndergaard.
The 29-year-old signed a one-year contract with the team after undergoing Tommy John surgery back in May 2020.
The 6’6 righty has posted a 3.83 ERA and a 3.96 FIP in 80 innings pitched. His K% sits at 18.9%, but it has been rising as he’s shaken off the rust.
Interestingly, the Jays originally drafted Syndergaard in the 2010 draft but traded him to the New York Mets for the reigning NL Cy Young winner, R.A. Dickey.
Pitching with the Mets, the righty was known for his high velocity, as he sat in the upper 90s for a time. However, after the surgery, his velocity dropped to the mid-90s.
Despite only pitching two innings after the 2019 season, Noah was offered a qualifying offer from the Mets, which he declined. He signed a one-year, $21,000,000 with the bad team from LA.
Are the Jays interested in Raisel Iglesias?
According to Blue Jays Nation’s own Thomas Hall, the Blue Jays have also been in talks with the Angels about their closer, Raisel Iglesias.
This season, the 32-year-old right has posted a 4.04 ERA and a 3.18 FIP in 35.2 innings pitched. He definitely offers swing and miss, as he has a K% of 32.9% while keeping the free passes down to 6.2%.
His velocity has ticked down about one mile per hour (it makes a difference) to 95.3 mph, after hovering at around 96.3 the past two seasons. However, this doesn’t stop him from getting swings, as his K/9 is still fantastic.
What worries me is his contract. This season he’s only making $10 million, which certainly fits his price tag after a great career (3.13 ERA, 3.34 FIP in 517.1 IP). However, he’ll be making $16 million in each of the next three seasons.
If this is the start of a decline for the 32-year-old, that contract could hinder the Jays’ ability to sign guys like Teoscar Hernandez and Lourdes Gurriel Jr.
What to make of these rumours:
It’d be awesome to see the Jays come full circle and acquire Syndergaard. He would slot in perfectly as the fifth starter. Furthermore, if the Jays want to run a six-man rotation he and Kikuchi could fill in the back end of the rotation.
Iglesias on the other hand, worries me. If the Jays get the Iglesias he’s been for the majority of his career, then sign me up! However, if he is on the decline, the contract could be a nuisance to the Jays.
Moreover, there are two other former Jays that the Angels employ in the bullpen. Ryan Tepera and Aaron Loup. While the jays haven’t been linked to them at all, it could make sense.
As always, you can follow me on Twitter @Brennan_L_D. Brendon Kuhn can be found at @_bkuh_ and Thomas Hall can be found at @ThomasHall85.