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Syndergaard......


Syndergaard......

Time for an Angels rant I guess. This is a team that can't even admit that they play in Orange County in the city of Anaheim. They overpaid for an Albert Pujols who was beginning the downside of his career, they signed Rendon after a great offensive year in which everyone had a great offensive year and he has been a disaster for them. Even Ohtoni struggled for a few years with injuries before breaking out last year. They've wasted Mike Trout - and he might never be the player he was again. Now they give Syndergaard 21 mil ? One word for this: Karma. There is a team in Los Angeles that actually has played in the city since 1958 - and they've been somewhat successful. Yes the Angels played in LA at one time - but not since 1965. Yes, due to some contractual copyright gobbledygook, the Angels retain the right to use "Los Angeles" as a team name - but if you live here you know that they're just that so-so mediocre team that plays over by Disneyland. Again: Syndergaard? Really?

- The Sheik

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There's a lot here.

I have no comment on the team name, as it doesn't affect my feelings about the team. If it affects others, nothing anyone can really do about that, I suppose? There are plenty of teams that don't play where the team city states. Not sure what karma has to do with anything. Based on the field results, anyone can come up with any narrative to suit their facts.

Albert Pujols was a disaster. No one will ever argue to the contrary. Teams have learned since then and are no longer handing out 10-year deals to guys over 30. Anthony Rendon is a top-15 position player when healthy. From 2017-2020, he was playing at a 5+ win pace, and he was clearly limited last year with injury. I fully expect him to bounce back at the plate this year. It is true that Mike Trout may never be the player he was again. I would posit that he is going to be better. He doesn't steal bases anymore and doesn't take advantage of a (soon-to-be-declining speed), but he's finally on-board with the launch angle revolution and was absolutely torching the ball in April before he tailed off in May and that fluke injury happened this year. Syndergaard is a gamble, but this is a market-rate deal and he has ace-like potential. It's not as if he's some scrub and they overpaid beyond what anyone else was willing to pay.

It remains, as always, a stars-and-scrubs roster, but one can only hope that the stars remain healthy and productive in 2022.

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could always be worse - you could be a phillys fan, lol. the fan base actually thinks their team is "talented," why, i have no idea. kapler and girardi worked miracles to get them where they did.

but i don't see a huge problem with signing a guy like syndergaard to a 1 year deal like that quite honestly. way less risky than a 5 year deal, and the guy will be doing everything he can to bank a long term deal next season. while i agree the pujols deal was a joke from day 1, and rendon was a tough one as well, i'd be fine with the 1 year deal for a SP like that. least it's not a 3 year $60 million deal like philly gave arrieta.

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I am thinking that maybe the sheik, a well known Dodgers fan here on PC, might be a long suffering, closeted, Angels fan.

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Dodgers paid 8.5 mil for Home Run Heaney.

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There was a time when I went to a lot of Angel games, mostly in the late 70's into the 80's. Iwent to more Dodger games of course 😉 Back then they were the California Angels. I don't hate the Angels, I just think they lack continuity. I'll pick a couple of nits - Syndergaard has never had ace like #'s. He's had a couple of seasons that were good, but in no way #1 starter level. He's never had a whip under 1.00 and his lowest H/9 was 7.6 his rookie year. If he matches his career averages of 1.16 whip, 8.4 H/9 and 9.7 K/9 I'd be surprised - and is that what 21 mil buys these days ? The other nit is Rendon, who had 3 straight really good seasons in Washington. Bad luck there for the Angels as Covid hits and then he gets hurt the following year - but let's face it, he's 31 now and although he will probably bounce back, he probably won't be vintage. And they they DON'T PLAY IN LOS ANGELES 😎😎 Nice comments and discussion guys !!

- The Sheik

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No one said he ever had ace-like numbers.

Although, he did lead the Majors in FIP in 2016.

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It's a one year contract if it doesnt work out who cares , if it does maybe you get him a little cheaper, besides there is no cap in baseball so what diff does it make ? It's not your money. You won't be hamstrung by cap limitations and you know damn well trout is not finished and ohtani is a star altho i think hje needs to pick a side between pitching and hitting just too much wear and tear on the body to do both ask bo jackson

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To be fair - I never said Trout was done. And as far as the money goes, yeah, not mine - but all I've heard is how the Angels are paying a bunch to Trout and Rendon and Ohtani and there isn't much left for pitching. Giving 21 mil of your budget to one somewhat questionable guy seems a bit risky.

- The Sheik

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Bo played 2 sports, not 2 positions of same sport. Football hurt Bo.
I really don't think pitching and hitting is "taxing" on the body. The only thing he does extra compared to just pitching is taking BP. Or hitting off a tee. Or watching more video. Its more of a mental stress than a physical one, IMO.

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I think the Anaheim Angels (the name they should be called) way overpaid for Noah. He has never lived up to his "Thor" hype and he is coming off injuries. But, since the stupid sport won't establish a salary cap, teams will continue to overpay for veterans an underpay rising stars.

The NHL team is called Anaheim, not LA. Angels have no business using that name.

The NFL, NBA, and NHL all use a salary cap and typically over 70% of their teams still have a shot to win it all at the half-way point of the season. Baseball is typically around only 60%. A lockout is looming.