The trade is a bit of a surprise, as Syndergaard was expected to be a key part of the Dodgers’ rotation down the stretch. However, he has struggled this season, posting a 7.16 ERA in 12 starts. The Dodgers are hoping that a change of scenery will help him get back on track.
Rosario, meanwhile, is a solid all-around player who should help the Dodgers’ offense. He is hitting .281 with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs this season. He is also a good defender, and he should be a major upgrade over the struggling Trea Turner at shortstop.
The trade is a win-win for both teams. The Dodgers get a much-needed upgrade at shortstop, and the Guardians get a chance to see if they can turn Syndergaard’s season around.