Brewers’ Interest in Noah Syndergaard Excites Me
Another day, another ace pitcher is in the mix to potentially be a Milwaukee Brewers player next season. This time around, it’s New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The reports are that the Brewers and Rockies are showing the most interest in the hard-throwing right-hander who is apparently on the market by the Mets. Syndergaard does carry some injury concern, but the dude is a stud. He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball and does nothing but strikes guys out. Brewers should have interest, and he’s more viable than a player like Madison Bumgarner.
The reason why Syndergaard holds more value than MadBum is extremely simple. The contract is great for the pitcher they call Thor. He is extremely cheap this season only making 2.9 million, and he’ll have three years of arbitration before becoming a free agent in 2022. Syndergaard is only 26 years old meaning the prime of his career is just beginning and Brewers tend to like that in big-name players they’re acquiring in the offseason. See Christian Yelich for an example.
Is a player like Syndergaard worth Corbin Burnes? Yes. It’s totally different than Bumgarner because you’re getting him for three years. Burnes could be a breakout 2019 star yet there is still an unknown. With Syndergaard, you’re getting a top flight pitcher that will be the leader of rotation from day one of Spring Training. Keston Hiura is off the table, even for Syndergaard, because hitting talent is more of a sure thing than pitching with less risk of injury. Although, there’s no question that a Thor deal starts with either of those players and a few other pieces to make it happen.
We’ll see how this all shapes up for the Brewers. They’ve now been involved with two ace-like pitchers this offseason. It makes me think that general manager David Stearns wants this type of guy in their rotation for the 2019 season. I don’t blame him after needing that type of pitcher in the postseason. My guess is Syndergaard will not be the last ace pitcher to get looked at by the Brewers.