Noah Syndergaard Could be 5th Starter/Long Reliever.
I talked about depth in the pitching department earlier in the bullpen. Equally as important is having at least 3-4 starters you feel great about giving the ball to. Luckily, that is solidified for the Phillies with Nola coming back, Zack Wheeler, the emergence of Ranger Suarez, and veteran Taijuan Walker.
The 5th starter in the rotation could be seeing its way out of normalcy with managers opting to have "bullpen games" more and more frequently. Whether you are starting the game with a two inning reliever or going for a 5th starter, Noah Syndergaard could be a versitile piece for either situation.
It has not been pretty as of late for Syndergaard.
He was traded to Philadelphia from the Angels at the deadline to provide the kind of depth I mentioned above. While it did not got great here, or thereafter with the Dodgers or Guardians, this is another veteran who needs to prove he can do something to stay in the league and be relied upon.
Bringing him back on a short-term low-value deal could go one of two ways. He could either turn out to be worth way more than he is being paid for and help the Phillies obtain the championship that has painfully eluded them the last two seasons, or he'll be a mid-season cut as you look towards the postseason another way. This has the potential to be low-risk high-reward.
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