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Will the fallen ‘Thor’ Syndergaard return to the ML mound? U.S.

Will ‘Thor’ Noah Syndergaard return to the mound? With so many players missing in the free agent (FA) market, clubs are showing interest in Syndergaard.

Robert Murray of the American 'Fan Said' reported on the 25th (Korean time) that Noah Syndergaard is receiving interest from multiple major league teams. Although the specific team name was not mentioned, it was clear that there was interest from multiple clubs in need of reinforcements.

Syndergaard, who was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, first stepped onto the big league stage with the New York Mets in the 2015 season. Syndergaard earned the nickname 'Thor' as he had long blonde hair and threw fast balls that could travel over 100 miles (approximately 161 km). He went 9 wins, 7 losses, and had an ERA of 3.24 in his first year. And the following year, he had a 'career high' season with 14 wins, 9 losses and an ERA of 2.60, rising to the ranks of 'aces'.

Syndergaard only played in 7 games in the 2017 season due to injury, but he went 13-4 with an ERA of 3.03 in 2018 and 10-8 with an ERA of 4.28 in the 2019 season. ‘When healthy,’ Syndergaard performed well up to expectations every year. However, he suffered another injury and had to undergo Tommy John surgery, missing the entire 2020 season. Syndergaard returned to the mound in 2021, but performed poorly with one loss and an ERA of 9.00 in two games.

At the time, the Mets offered Syndergaard a 'qualifying offer', but Syndergaard rejected it and ended up wearing the LA Angels uniform. Syndergaard appeared to rebound with a total of 25 games (24 starts) for the Angels and Philadelphia Phillies in 2022, going 10 wins, 10 losses, and an ERA of 3.94, but this year, he suffered a severe slump with 2 wins, 6 losses, and an ERA of 6.50 for the LA Dodgers and Cleveland Guardians. After going through this, I ended up not being able to play the entire season and had the bitter taste of being ‘released’.

Syndergaard's biggest problem is restraint. Before undergoing Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard was the type of pitcher who bullied hitters with a 100 mph fastball. However, after returning from major surgery, he lost his fastball, and naturally his competitiveness in the major leagues disappeared. However, it seems that Syndergaard is receiving interest from clubs because the situation in the major league free agent market is not very good this year.

First of all, the current situation is very advantageous for starting pitchers. ‘Major League Trade Rumors (MLBTR)’ said, “According to various news, the demand for starting pitchers is extremely high,” and “Aaron Nola signed a 7-year, $172 million (approximately 224.6 billion won) contract with Philadelphia, and even Lance Lynn, who was very poor, “He signed a one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals worth $11 million (about 14.3 billion won),” he explained, adding, “This can give Syndergaard some hope.”

First of all, from Syndergaard's perspective, it appears that an opportunity that will never be available again is emerging. If they show a revival in 2024, they can once again receive a big contract. 'MLBTR' said, "Competition for good starters will be fierce, and there will also be competition for other players," and "Lin was also guaranteed an eight-figure contract ($10 million) after a nightmare season. Some clubs are considering signing Syndergaard." “We will expect the best from you,” he added.
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Sunday, November 26, 2023

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