The Mets’ acquisition of starting pitcher Michael Wacha did not end their pursuit of starting pitching. The team on Thursday agreed to a one-year contract with Rick Porcello, adding him on a one-year deal worth $10 million, according to a source.
The Mets have not confirmed the deal because it is not official.
Porcello, a New Jersey native, won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award with the Red Sox but has since posted a 4.79 ERA in three seasons. The 30-year-old right-hander gives the Mets a durable rotation option, having averaged 185 innings per season over the last 11 years, during which he’s gone 149-118 with a 4.36 ERA.
Additions of Porcello, Wacha give #Mets depth to possibly move a starter, perhaps in combination with a high-priced player in his walk year – Lowrie ($9M) or, in a much less likely scenario, Cespedes ($29.5M). Goal would be to address other needs – a young catcher, for example.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 12, 2019