The New York Mets have reportedly signed right-hander Rick Porcello to a one-year deal just one day after acquiring Michael Wacha.
Over the last few days, the New York Mets have added depth to their starting rotation. On Wednesday, they inked a one-year deal with right-hander Michael Wacha for $3 million. Then on Thursday, they added another man to the mix by signing a one-year deal with right-hander Rick Porcello, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
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The deal is worth $10 million. Porcello, 30, previously spent five years with the Boston Red Sox. He was a World Series Champion with them in 2018 and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2016. He led the AL in wins in 2016 as well. This past year, Porcello posted a record of 14-12 with an ERA of 5.52 and a WHIP of 1.394. He struck out 143 batters and walked 45 through 32 starts (174.1 total innings pitched).
Prior to his time in Boston, Porcello spent six seasons with the Detroit Tigers.
Porcello and Wacha will be joining a rotation that includes Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and Jacob deGrom. The latter recently won his second consecutive National League Cy Young Award.
The thing about this current rotation is that it includes six individuals. That being said, there’s a chance the Mets may look to move Stroman or Matz prior to the 2020 campaign. They also could trade Thor despite general manager Brodie Van Wagenen saying they don’t plan on dealing him this Winter.
Then again, it’s also a possibility one of these six guys could move to the bullpen. Matz pitched two games in relief this past season. Don’t expect someone like deGrom or Syndergaard (if he’s a Met) to move to the pen though.