No. 1 player facing uncertain future with LA Angels: Noah Syndergaard
Don't get it twisted; Noah Syndergaard is going to FEAST for the LA Angels this year. He's going to be healthy, and a healthy Syndergaard has been NASTY in his career--especially in the postseason. That being said, his contract was only a one-year deal.
When looking at recent one-year deals for Halo starting pitchers, these guys' Angels careers didn't last long. Matt Harvey, Jose Quintana, and Trevor Cahill all signed one-year deals to start on the mound for the Angels and their contracts didn't end up getting renewed.
I know--they suck, and Syndergaard is a monster. That being said, Alex Cobb certainly didn't suck, and was very good for the Angels this past year in his one-year deal. He was still done with after just that one year with the Halos.
And Cobb didn't even sign elsewhere for a lot of money. The Angels, for whatever reason, really didn't want him back.
So Syndergaard got a nice $21 million deal for this year, but it remains to be seen how the team will see his value moving forward. Even if he plays really well, will the Angels be willing to re-sign him?
For what it's worth, they didn't re-sign Cobb for even just $10 million of AAV, which he is absolutely deserving of. Hopefully, Syndergaard goes crazy in his return to the mound, and gets brought back.
It's tough to guarantee Thor will be back next year, however, as it is to guarantee any of these four will.