The Phillies made a second trade with the Angels on Tuesday to address a major weakness, acquiring starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard. The Phils sent center fielder Mickey Moniak and minor league outfielder Jadiel Sanchez to Los Angeles. 

It’s another major upgrade for the Phillies, as they’ve been turning to Bailey Falter to be the fifth man in the rotation with Zach Eflin out, and we’re even forced to make Tuesday’s matchup with the Braves a bullpen game. Syndergaard will likely slot in as the number three or four in the rotation, behind co-aces Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola, and likely ahead of Ranger Suárez and Kyle Gibson

Noah Syndergaard hasn’t been the god-like pitcher he once was with the New York Mets, but he’s been plenty serviceable in his half season with the Halos. In 80.0 innings pitched this year he’s posted a solid 3.83 ERA and 3.95 FIP. While Thor is known for fanning batters in bunches, he’s only piled up 64 punchouts this year. 

The name value of this move may be bigger than the actual effect when all is said and done, but it still addresses a huge area of concern for the Phils. There’s no telling if or when Eflin will return healthy, so another reliable starter was a must. 

Syndergaard is only signed through this season, so it’s a pure rental for the Phillies. However, the cost was incredibly low, as they only gave up a failed top prospect and a rookie ball lottery ticket. If Syndergaard can help this team make some noise in the playoffs it’ll turn out to be a coup. 

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