The 2023 Major League Baseball Trade Deadline is right around the corner (Aug. 1), and a very interesting trade went down on Wednesday night.
First, it was reported by several MLB insiders that the Los Angeles Dodgers were acquiring shortstop Amed Rosario from the Cleveland Guardians.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2023
And then more details emerged to really make the trade an eye-opener.
New York Mets beat writer Pat Ragazzo of SI.com reported that pitcher Noah Syndergaard is the player going back to Guardians in the trade.
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Noah Syndergaard to the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for Amed Rosario
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) July 26, 2023
It’s fitting that a Mets beat writer reported that news, because Syndergaard and Rosario were Mets teammates from 2017-20.
In those days, “Thor” was frequently one of the best pitchers in the National League, and he was selected to the All-Star Game in 2016. His fastball averaged 99.6 mph in 2016.
But in 2023, Syndergaard’s average fastball velocity is 92.8 mph, and he has a 7.16 ERA over 55 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old just doesn’t have the same physical abilities that he did in his Mets years. The Dodgers signed him to a one-year, $13 million over the offseason, after he had a 3.94 ERA over 134 2/3 innings pitched in 2022 (spent with the Los Angeles Angels and Philadelphia Phillies).
Rosario, 27, is a former top-10 prospect in baseball. The Dodgers have been in need of a shortstop, but Rosario has been valued at a very rough -15 defensive runs saved and -16 outs above average over 88 games there for the Guardians in 2023. His main area to help the Dodgers will likely be vs left-handed pitching, where he’s put together .303/.345/.477 slash line this season.
This is a rare late July trade involving two potential playoff teams. The Dodgers lead the NL West with a 58-43 record, while the Guardians are two games back in the AL Central with a 51-51 record.