Around 4:30 PM PST you might have heard a loud cheer eminating from across Los Angeles. That’s because the Dodgers have traded miserable starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Cleveland Guardians for shortstop Amed Rosario. Reportedly it’s a one-for one swap (pending medicals) that relieves all Dodger fans from ever having to watch another excrutiatingly bad Syndergaard start ever again. The Dodgers signed the veteran this winter to a free agent contract hoping he could regain some form from his halycon days when he was a pitching standout with the Mets. Unfortunately it didn’t work out. Syndergaard posted a 7.16 ERA across 55.1 dreadful frames, and before a mob of fans stormed Andrew Friedman’s offices with pitchforks and spreadsheets, the Dodgers finally placed him on the injured list with what was reported as a blister problem.
The real problem was that Synderfaard stunk up the mound posting 11.5 hits per nine and a 5.54 FIP, while allowing more hits (71) than innings pitched. The Dodgers told the media that he was going to be going on a rehab assignment and scared us by telling us that he would be given as much rope as possible once finished with the minor league rehab assignments to return to the starting rotation and suck as much as a 30-year old injury riddled pitcher with diminished velocity can.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2023
The move makes sense across the board. The main reason for the trade wasn’t just to get rid of Syndergaard (thank god) It was to pick up a shortstop who can hit at least league average levels so they can move Mookie Betts back to right field. Amed may not be the best or smoothest fielding shortstop, but the guy can hit while displaying decent combinations of power, and speed. Rosario is slashing .265/.305./369 with 3 home run and 40 runs batted in. He hit 15 home runs back in 2019, and 11 jacks in 2021 and 2022. It’s a win-win for the Dodgers. They never have to watch Syndergaard toe the rubber again in Dodger blue, they get a decent hitting shortstop for the rest of the season and Mookie can shift back to right field. Rosario is a free agent this winter, so he could be a rental. Or the Dodgers could sign him if he impresses.
Source: Los Angeles Dodgers are sending Noah Syndergaard to the Cleveland Guardians in exchange for Amed Rosario
— Pat Ragazzo (@ragazzoreport) July 26, 2023
Another great part of this trade is that it will send (hopefully) Miguel Rojas, and Yonny Hernandez to the bench permanently. Hernandez could possibly go back to Oklahoma City, or even be placed on waivers. Rojas and Yonny are both horrendous hitters and the Dodgers can’t continue to justify giving them at-bats. Rojas is a good defensive player, but he was hitting .222 with 0 home runs entering today’s contest against the Blue Jays. Hernandez came into play batting .143, also with no home runs. Speaking of Hernadezs’ the Dodgers re-acquired Enrique Hernandez from the Red Sox, who started at second in Wednesday afternoon’s loss to the Blue Jays. Kike` went 2 for 4 with two singles. Expect more moves to come as we get closer to the trade deadline on August 1.