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The Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed starter Noah Syndergaard to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for former first overall pick Mickey Moniak and outfield prospect Jadiel Sanchez, the teams announced.

The Toronto Blue Jays were considered the other finalist to land Syndergaard ahead of the 6 p.m. ET trade deadline, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.

In his first action back from Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard is authoring a 3.83 ERA and 3.96 FIP, though with a steep dip in velocity and strikeouts. The former All-Star agreed to a one-year, $21-million contract with the Angels this past winter after signing a qualifying offer with the Mets.

Syndergaard joins the best starting rotation in the National League by FanGraphs WAR, currently led by Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler.

The Phillies, sitting third in the NL East, occupy the final NL wild-card spot at 55-47. They are 10 games back of the first-place New York Mets and six and a half behind the Atlanta Braves.

Moniak, 24, was surprisingly taken with the Phillies’ top selection at the 2016 MLB Draft. The outfielder has struggled with his development since, making his major-league debut in 2020 and hitting .129/.214/.172 with one homer in 47 games over parts of three seasons.

Sanchez, 21, is currently on the seven-day minor-league injured list. The outfielder has hit .239/.289/.437 with six homers and two stolen bases over two minor-league levels this year.

The Los Angeles Angels have signed right-hander Noah Syndergaard to a one-year contract, the team announced Tuesday.

The one-year pact is worth $21 million, sources told ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Syndergaard is tied to draft-pick compensation after the New York Mets offered him a one-year, $18.4-million qualifying offer.

Angels general manager Perry Minasian was with the Toronto Blue Jays when the team drafted Syndergaard. The Blue Jays eventually dealt the 29-year-old to New York in the R.A. Dickey trade.

Syndergaard only pitched two innings last season after returning from Tommy John surgery and numerous setbacks. The former All-Star owns a career 3.32 ERA with a 1.16 WHIP and 9.7 K/9 over six years with the Mets.

Pairing Syndergaard with Shohei Ohtani gives Los Angeles one of the most electric one-two punches in the majors, albeit both come with health concerns.

The Angels needed pitching help after their starting rotation finished with the sixth-worst ERA (4.78) in the AL last campaign as the team missed the playoffs for the seventh consecutive year.

Meanwhile, Mike Trout appears to be happy about adding Syndergaard:

Noah Syndergaard isn’t happy about a scheduling change that’s moved a New York Mets game against the Los Angeles Dodgers from Sunday afternoon to the prime-time slot that night.

“Hey MLB, ESPN whose dumb fucking idea was it to change tomorrow’s game to a night game when we’re traveling to the West Coast after,” the Mets right-hander wrote in his Instagram story. “Won’t get in until Monday morning. Take on first-place (San Francisco) Giants later that evening. Brilliant!”

Syndergaard, who hasn’t played this season while recovering from Tommy John surgery and elbow inflammation, said the Dodgers get a raw deal out of the last-minute change too.

“Wow. The Dodgers don’t even get an off day Monday. This is cruel,” the 28-year-old added.

Los Angeles returns home to face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night after playing a three-game series in Queens.

The Mets just started a brutal 13-game stretch against the Dodgers and Giants, the National League’s top two teams. New York dropped the first contest in extra innings Friday.

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard won’t throw for six weeks due to elbow inflammation in his pitching arm, manager Luis Rojas said Thursday, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic.

Rojas added that Syndergaard, who’s recovering from Tommy John surgery, doesn’t have any structural damage to his UCL.

Syndergaard exited after one inning during a rehab start Tuesday. He’s been sidelined since spring 2020 but was expected to make his 2021 debut in mid-to-late June.

“It’s big. We were just counting on him being here a month from now. This happening is tough,” said Rojas.

The skipper added: “We pray that he can pitch for us this year.”

Syndergaard owns a 3.31 ERA with 755 strikeouts over 716 innings (118 starts) during his five-year career with the Mets. The 28-year-old is eligible to test free agency after this season.

New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard believes bat flips and Twitter drama will help make baseball more entertaining.

“It’s fun, but we’re also competitive beings competing at the highest level. So we’re always looking for a way to get the edge on our competition, whether it’s to distract him in some form or fashion,” Syndergaard told GQ’s Clay Skipper when asked about the recent Twitter drama involving Trevor Bauer and Fernando Tatis Jr. “But I think it’s great for baseball, and I think the fans really enjoy it. It’s exciting. People are able to see both of our personalities.

“I think baseball has gotten soft, too. I think there should be some more shit-talking. I agree with what Bauer recently said (about the celebration). He gave up two home runs to Tatis, and Tatis heckled him pretty good. I think that’s awesome. I agree with Bauer, that does not warrant somebody to get thrown at.”

Syndergaard said baseball’s “unwritten rules” – which suggest a pitcher can throw at a batter for celebrating a home run – are dated.

“I think they’re pretty stupid, to be honest,” he said. “Anything unwritten sounds pretty stupid. I think it’s very old school, and I think there needs to be a new-school approach.”

The 28-year-old has never shied away from exchanges like the one between Bauer and Tatis. He was involved in some Twitter drama of his own with the former in February after Bauer signed a free-agent deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers instead of joining the Mets.

He also shared a video earlier this year in which he called out MLB.TV’s blackout restrictions and referred to Pittsburgh’s baseball team as the “shitty Pirates.”

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New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow, the team announcedTuesday.

The procedure will be performed on Thursday by Dr. David Altchek at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery.

Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement that Syndergaard first experienced discomfort in his elbow before Major League Baseball suspended spring training. After an MRI found the tear and a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache confirmed the diagnosis, it was decided to proceed with the surgery.

The procedure will force Syndergaard to miss the entire 2020 season regardless of when it begins. He won’t return until April 2021 at the earliest, and it’s possible that he could be sidelined into next summer.

His absence will leave a significant hole in the Mets’ rotation. New York added veterans Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha in free agency this winter, and both of them are now likely to be guaranteed starting jobs when the season begins. The team will also get a full campaign from right-hander Marcus Stroman, who was acquired in a trade last July.

The 27-year-old Syndergaard made 32 starts for the Mets in 2019, posting a 4.28 ERA and a 3.60 FIP with 202 strikeouts. He has one more year of arbitration eligibility remaining.

Syndergaard is the latest star pitcher to require Tommy John surgery this spring, joining Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale and New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino.

The New York Mets won’t be moving two of their biggest trade chips this offseason.

General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said right-hander Noah Syndergaard and closer Edwin Diaz won’t be dealt, according to the New York Post.

Both hurlers were involved in several rumors leading up to this season’s trade deadline.

“Before all those questions come, I think this group should be aware that Edwin Diaz is going to be on our team next year,” he said on Thursday while talking to reporters on a conference call following the firing of manager Mickey Callaway. “That’s our full expectation. Noah Syndergaard is going to be on our team next year.”

Diaz, 25, endured an awful campaign after being one of the league’s best relievers with the Seattle Mariners in 2018 prior to a blockbuster offseason deal with the Mets. The former All-Star posted a 5.59 ERA with seven blown saves in 2019.

“After a great start by Edwin in April, obviously he had some challenges as the year went on,” Van Wagenen said, according to Tim Healey of Newsday. “I do think that Edwin personally took a lot of heat for his performances, I know I did as well. But Edwin still saved 26 games for us this year. That’s 30 percent of the wins we had.

“It’s far from where we hoped he could be, and it’s far from where we believe he will be.”

Syndergaard, meanwhile, looks to be a mainstay again in the team’s rotation next year.

“We had to make some tough decisions at the trade deadline, but many of those decisions were rooted in planning forward to the 2020 season,” Van Wagenen said, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “Both of those players remained with us after the trade deadline. We intend to have them be that way heading into spring training.”

There are three years of team control left on Diaz’s contract, while Syndergaard is two years away from free agency.

The Houston Astros have emerged as yet another team interested in acquiring New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

In 106 appearances, the 26-year-old boasts a career 3.20 ERA with 9.7 strikeouts per nine innings. However, the 2019 campaign has been Syndergaard’s most challenging to date; through 19 starts, he’s posted a career-worst 4.36 ERA and 3.81 strikeout-to-walk rate.

Syndergaard is under team control through the end of the 2021 season.

Other teams previously linked to the 6-foot-6 flamethrower include the San Diego Padres and Milwaukee Brewers.

The Mets’ short-term aspirations appear to have stalled. The team entered Monday’s slate with a 45-54 record, sitting 14 games behind the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves and seven games back of a wild-card berth.

If the New York Mets are open for business, plenty of teams will be knocking on their door about Noah Syndergaard.

The flamethrowing right-hander has reportedly drawn interest from the Milwaukee Brewers and sources told Jon Morosi of MLB.com that the San Diego Padres have also inquired about Syndergaard’s services.

San Diego has reportedly been interested in adding an ace since the offseason and has targeted Syndergaard, Corey Kluber, and Marcus Stroman.

The Mets were expected by many to contend for the division crown, as new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen even went as far as to say the team he assembled was the “favorite” in the National League East.

However, New York sits in fourth place in the division with the second-worst record in the NL – 13 1/2 games behind the division-leading Atlanta Braves.

Meanwhile, the Padres are slightly ahead of schedule in their rebuild and have maintained a .500 record into the All-Star break. They sit two games back of a wild-card spot.

San Diego boasts the league’s best farm system, according to MLB Pipeline. While rookies Fernando Tatis Jr. and Chris Paddack have made the jump to the big leagues, the Padres still have eight top-100 prospects, headlined by left-hander MacKenzie Gore, infielder Luis Urias, and right-hander Luis Patino.

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If Noah Syndergaard had his way, Jacob deGrom would be among the many players who have signed extensions this offseason.

“I think Jake’s the best pitcher in baseball right now,” Syndergaard told Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. “I think he deserves whatever amount he’s worth. I want them to keep him happy so when it does come time for him to reach free agency, he stays on our side pitching for the Mets. I just think they should quit all this fuss and pay the man already.”

Syndergaard’s comments come one day after deGrom – who authored a remarkable 1.70 ERA and 1.99 FIP in 217 innings last season – was questioned about the status of his extension talks. Earlier in the offseason, the NL Cy Young winner was confident about reaching a potential deal. However, on Saturday, deGrom told reporters his optimism was waning.

In recent days, elite-level pitchers have agreed to contract extensions of their own, including Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander, Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale, and Tampa Bay Rays AL Cy Young winner Blake Snell. Aaron Nola and Luis Severino also reached agreements with their respective clubs earlier this winter.

“If there wasn’t a trend of other guys getting contract extensions, then I don’t know what the circumstances would be,” Syndergaard added. “But you see Chris Sale, Verlander getting extensions. I think it’s time Jacob gets one too.”

Syndergaard is also frustrated by the Mets’ preseason workout at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y., which was organized to promote the team’s Triple-A affiliate that was relocated to the city.

“We’re going to Sarasota, and then to Syracuse,” Syndergaard told Deesha Thosar of the New York Daily News. “We’re not going to New York. You’d think we’re going to New York, as adults, to get our things, our priorities in order. But no, we have to go to Syracuse first.”

In addition to the travel itself, Syndergaard and many of his teammates are apparently concerned that the Mets did not budget enough money to provide players with proper workout equipment for the Syracuse workout, a source told Thosar.

“I’m sure the amenities in Syracuse aren’t the best for a Major League Baseball team to go out there and have one last workout before the regular season starts,” Syndergaard said.

“I don’t think that’s what championship teams do prior to the season.”