One day after the New York Mets signed former St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha, the team has also signed former Boston Red Sox starter Rick Porcello to a one-year deal worth $10M.
Porcello, a native of Morristown, New Jersey finished the 2019 campaign going 14-12 with an ERA of 5.52 while striking out 143 batters in 174.1 innings pitched. In his career, the right hander owns an impressive 149-118 win/loss record while maintaining a 4.36 ERA in 343 games pitched.
The signing gives the Mets a rotation of six arms, which may mean Michael Wacha’s signing may be intended as an addition to the bullpen as opposed to the starting rotation. This would definitely create more depth with veteran players who’ve both achieved success in the past instead potentially calling on AAAA player.
A less likely scenario would be that Brodie Van Wagenen trades one of the other starting pitchers in order to strengthen centerfield or the back end of the bullpen. However, I don’t see Matz or Syndergaard going anywhere and I’d imagine if the team decides to trade Marcus Stroman, that they’d wait till the Trade Deadline if they end up in “sell mode”.
For now, Porcello, a life long Mets fan will likely pitch out of the fifth spot of the rotation.