Noah Syndergaard ends up with the Tampa Bay Rays only if there is no interest elsewhere
I originally planned to write about the San Diego Padres being a viable destination for Syndergaard, but I think they have enough arms already. Although possible for them to make a trade and open up some space, I think the Tampa Bay Rays are a fine organization to complete this list with.
Why would the Rays ever sign Syndergaard? Yet another team that enjoys a project, the only way he ends up there is if nobody else has much interest. The Rays might never again sign a player to a ridiculously high contract. Plenty of times might overpay for Syndergaard. I’d put the Los Angeles Angels in that category although I’m leaving them off of this list because I think they have bigger needs.
The Rays don’t actually have to do anything stupid and hand a contract to Syndergaard unless they’re sure they are getting a good deal. Their approach to roster building is unmatched in the game.
Some teams flex their money. Some acquire starting pitchers with trades using their farm system. And still, there are those that build their own.
The Rays, using the most cost-effective manner, build up as many starters as they can and acquire others whenever possible. It doesn’t work for every organization. For them, it has made just about every recent season a competitive one.
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