Aaron Loup Signs with Angels

23 Nov

Aaron Loup
NYPost.com:

Aaron Loup has decided to celebrate one of the best seasons by a reliever in Mets history by going to Disneyland.

The lefty reliever Monday reached agreement with the Angels on a two-year contract, the club announced. An industry source confirmed it’s a two-year deal worth $17 million with a team option for 2024.

Loup, 33, pitched to a 0.95 ERA in 65 appearances for the Mets last season. It was the lowest ERA in the major leagues by a pitcher who logged at least 50 innings last season. The Mets had signed Loup to a one-year deal worth $3 million last winter after they had missed on lefty Brad Hand. The veteran Hand was claimed off waivers by the Mets in August.

Yeah, $17M for two years is a lot to pay for a reliever. But Loup literally had a historic year in 2021 and allowed just 1 HR all season. In other words, not signing him sounds like something the Wilpons would do and I’m almost certain that we will regret it.

Noah Syndergaard Leaves The Mets…For The Money

16 Nov

Noah Syndergaard
ESPN.COM:

Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.

Syndergaard, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Mets, making one All-Star team and displaying perhaps the nastiest array of pitches for a starter in the major leagues. Having pitched only two innings since 2019 because of Tommy John surgery, Syndergaard will join an Angels rotation that was among the worst in the big leagues last season.

Hey, the Mets get a draft pick from the Angels and avoid paying a $18M to a guy who’s pitched all of 2 innings for the last two years. Syndergaard was a fan favorite and we’ll miss his tweets and tenacity on the mound, but I’d much rather the Mets sign Marcus Stroman to a 5-year deal and take a flyer out on Justin Verlander for 1 year to improve their starting pitching.

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