Tuesday was an interesting day across Major League Baseball. There were a few stories surrounding starting pitchers that are going to change things across the league. The Chicago White Sox needs to get going if they want to add a pitcher because this market is on fire right now. It never hurts to have too much pitching and the other 29 clubs know it too.
The biggest move was the Los Angeles Angels signing Noah Syndergaard to a one-year deal. The Angels have been known to have awful pitching during Mike Trout’s entire tenure so this is their next attempt at fixing that. Every Angels pitcher not named Shohei Ohtani wasn’t very good for most of last season.
It will be interesting to see if this signing does anything for their chances. The Houston Astros are the American League champions playing in that division. The Seattle Mariners won 90 games for the first time since 2003 in 2021 as well so they might be pretty good as well. There are also the Oakland A’s who always seem to be in the mix. If the Angels want to compete, this is who they will have to go through.
With one year left on his deal, Jose Berrios also signed a monster extension with the Toronto Blue Jays. They are a team that has lacked pitching as well but it is improving. With their outstanding batting order, locking up a pitcher like Berrios should be very helpful.
Of course, Berrios used to be with the Minnesota Twins before they traded him to Toronto this year. The Jays are still in the American League but they face the White Sox significantly less than the Twins. It will be interesting to see how this deal helps or hurts the market.
It would be nice to see the Chicago White Sox make a move for a pitcher.
It could also light a fire for the White Sox. They need to get Lucas Giolioto extended as well before that situation gets messy. Berrios and Giolito are comparable in terms of talent and impact so the White Sox should do the right thing here.
Don’t be surprised if there are more moves made very soon across the entire league. This pitching market is starting to shape up with Syndergaard’s deal and Berrios’s extension. There are some really good arms out there looking for new homes. It would be lovely to see the Chicago White Sox go out there and do what they can to improve their staff even more.