In theory, the Minnesota Twins already have a solid collection of starters. Joe Ryan, Sonny Gray, Tyler Mahle, Kenta Maeda, and Bailey Ober should be a strong rotation, with the likes of Josh Winder and Simeon Woods Richardson waiting in the wings. There is also the Chris Paddack enigma as he should be ready by the middle of the 2023 campaign.
The reality is that the Twins struggled with injuries as Ryan led the team with just 147 innings. Only four pitchers had over 100 innings last year and two of them are free agents. The Twins had 14 different pitchers make starts as they kept looking for something that could provide innings.
The Twins could also use someone with the potential to be a top of the rotation arm, although their various holes and potential depth make such a splurge unlikely. One option could be to bring in a pitcher on a one year deal to give them a chance to prove themselves once again. Noah Syndergaard would be a perfect candidate for such a move.
Syndergaard had a decent season in his first full year back from Tommy john surgery. He posted a 3.94 ERA and a 1.255 WHiP in his 134.2 innings between the Angels and Phillies, striking out 95 batters with 31 walks. Although his command was where it had been, he was not close to being the strikeout artist he had been in the past. Maybe, as Syndergaard would be another year removed from surgery, he can rediscover that form and be a dominant option again.
The Minnesota Twins need to find another top of the rotation arm. Noah Syndergaard may be a gamble, but he could be that pitcher they need.