The Phillies filled a rotation void in a notable way, acquiring Noah Syndergaard.
After landing center fielder Brandon Marsh and reliever David Robertson, Philadelphia Phillies President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski had another move left in him before Tuesday’s 6 p.m. trade deadline.
MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Phillies have acquired right-handed starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard from the Los Angeles Angels for former No. 1 overall pick Mickey Moniak and minor-league outfield prospect Jadiel Sanchez.
Despite previously being hesitant to part ways with the organization’s top prospects, the Wild Card-hopeful Phillies wound up doing just that. Along with Moniak and Sanchez, the Phillies traded catcher Logan O’Hoppe and right-hander Ben Brown. O’Hoppe was ranked as the Phillies’ No. 3 prospect and is the No. 86 overall prospect by MLB Pipeline. Brown meanwhile, was the Phillies’ No. 7 prospect per Baseball America, and their No. 26 prospect per MLB Pipeline.
Moniak, of course, was just the second first overall pick in Phillies history, with the other being Pat Burrell. But Moniak had far from the career “Pat the Bat” had in red pinstripes — slashing only .129/.214/.172 across parts of three seasons and 105 plate appearances.
Syndergaard essentially replaces the rotation void left by the injured Zach Eflin — who was transferred from the 15-day injured list to the 60-day injured list on Monday as he continues to deal with a right knee issue. The Phillies were first linked to the former New York Mets ace via trade rumors about a week ago.
Set to turn 30 later this month, Syndergaard is a seven-year veteran who played all but the current season as a member of the division-rival Mets. Through 136 career appearances (135 starts), “Thor” has gone 52-39 with a 3.37 ERA, 1.167 WHIP and 841-188 strikeouts-to-walks ratio.
As a member of the 2022 Angels the right-hander went 5-8 with a 3.83 ERA, 1.213 WHIP and 64-22 strikeouts-to-walks ratio through 15 starts and 80 innings.
All in all, Dombrowski had a solid day. Marsh is now the team’s center fielder of the future — surpassing Moniak, Matt Vierling and Odubel Herrera (who was designated for assignment) on the depth chart. Dombrowski also improved the Phillies bullpen in reuniting with a solid closer option in David Robertson (replacing the also-designated Jeurys Familia).
Lastly, acquiring “Thor” gives the Phils a notable No. 3 rotation option — while pushing back Ranger Suarez and Kyle Gibson in the process. Also, Syndergaard is reunited with Zack Wheeler, his former Mets rotation teammate.
Most fans would agree: a job well done for Dombrowski at a time when the organization needed him the most.