Left handed pitcher Mike Minor and the Kansas City Royals have agreed to a mult-year deal. The transaction is still pending due to the completion of the physical, however this will be Minor’s second go-around with Kansas City.
The deal is throughout the 2022 season while the finances are still undisclosed. Minor is coming off of two straight seasons in which he posted an ERA over the five mark. While those numbers aren’t sexy, Minor could’ve served well for the Mets as a potential fifth starter in the rotation, as well as a bullpen swing-man.
If the Mets decide to tender Steven Matz, he could very well serve that same role. So Sandy Alderson and the Mets must not have been too impressed with the likes of Minor.
Minor hasn’t been in the NL since 2017, however when he was, it was with the NL East Atlanta Braves. In his five seasons with Atlanta, Minor put up a 4.10 ERA in 110 starts. He only made one appearance out of the bullpen with the team, however acclimated well to the role in his first stint with the Royals.
In his career, Minor owns a 71-66 win/loss record with an ERA of 3.98 over the span of 9 years and 1152.1 innings pitched. While he averages 8.2 strikeouts in nine innings in his career, in 2020 he averaged an outstanding 11.4 per every nine frames.
After writing an article about the Mets interest in Jake Odorizzi, it was reported by MMO’s Tim Ryder that the Mets have shown interest in three more arms for their rotation.
Mike Minor: the only arm that didn’t get an article on MetsJunkies is Mike Minor. The 32 year old lefty had a down year in 2020, pitching to a 5.52 ERA over 56.2 innings pitched. Minor was a deadline trade piece for the A’s, where he wasn’t able to improve his year. But, as I mentioned before, we have to look at the bigger picture. Mike Minor was a terrific and dependable starter before 2020. In 2019 he went 14-10 with a 3.59 ERA and a 144 ERA+ over 209 innings for the Rangers. Like Odorizzi, you sign Minor for his numbers before the 2020 season, as a back end guy.
We have mentioned the other two who the Mets expressed interest in and were both already part of an article on Metsjunkies: Charlie Morton and Corey Kluber.
You can read our article about Charlie Morton here:
Yes, we’ve been writing about a ton of possibilities on Mets Junkies and I shouldn’t have to say that I expect the Mets to sign and trade for each and every one of these guys but… I don’t expect the Mets to sign and trade for each and every one of these guys. We’re simply just going over who we feel is available and a potential fit.
With all of that being said, 33 year old right hander Lance Lynn is one year away from the Free Agent market and has proved to be a very dependable pitcher over the last two years.
In 2020 the Mississippi born pitcher owned a 6-3 win/loss record while putting up a 3.32 ERA and a 2.2 WAR. The righty also had a decent SO/9 (9.5) as he struck out 89 batters in 84 innings pitched.
He was just as solid in 2019 when he was able to pitch a full season with the Rangers. In 33 starts, Lynn went 16-11 with a slightly higher ERA of 3.67 and striking out a whopping 246 batters in 208.1 innings.
While Lynn has has injury problems in the past, it seems as if the veteran has really turned the corner with his abilities to pitch.
With the Mets in dire need of pitching, Lynn has proven to be extremely dependable since joining the Rangers and an innings eater would be nice at the back end of the rotation. He has a career ERA of 3.57 which would obviously play well and wouldn’t have to be a long-term commitment.
The name of Yu Darvish has flown around on social media as a Mets trade target. Cubs are rumored to be shedding payroll and Darvish is owed 59 mil over the next three years (19.7 AAV). Is it worth spending money and assets for Darvish?
If Darvish is avaliable, he is arguably the best starting pitcher on the market. Yes, Bauer has been great in 2020, but Darvish has a far superior career. Plus, Darvish has shown he is still able to be dominant with less fastball velocity. He will definitely make the Mets rotation better and will slide in as a very strong #2 behind deGrom.
According to MLBtradevalues, Darvish owns a 20.1 value. This is including his contract, which shows how good he was. In 2020 Darvish pitched to a 2.01 ERA with a 2.23 FIP. He struck out at least 11 per nine for the fourth straight season, showing he still owns swing and miss stuff. Overall Darvish owns a 3.47 ERA/3.43 FIP over 1127 innings in his career. So lets take a look at his current success.
Darvish success isn’t in his velo. He sits in the 16th lowest percentaile in fastball velo, mostly because of his heavy cut fastball use (4 seamer reaches 97mph). This is very important considering his age, because he gets success with spinrates. Darvish is in the 98th percentaile in fastball spin, which is tremendous and sustainable getting into the mid 30’s.
Darvish mostly throws his cutter (43.6%). He has a ridiculous 2681 RPM on that pitch. That’s a crazy amount of spin. Beautiful thing to see in Darvish’ pitches is that only one of his 6 pitches have a spinrate under 2400 (Splitter), which he uses the fewest (4.9%). His highest spin rate in on his slider (2789 RPM). His highest whiff percentage is on his 4 seamer (42.8 Whiff%), which still provides a crazy 2582 RPM. It shows he has the ability to move every pitch and have success with it.
Darvish made the adjustment to throw his 4 seamer less after he got hit hard on it in 2019. With him throwing the cutter more and the 4 seamer less, it made his 4 seamer more effective. Although his cutter was hit slightly better, it wasn’t as drastic as the difference in 4 seamer stats. A welcomed adjustment that showed in his 2020 success. Shows his ability to still adjust the usage of his arsenal.
It’s no surprise after doing research, I have faith Darvish can keep his high level of performance up. Now lets look at how a trade with the Cubs might look. We have mentioned Darvish still had value, so it won’t be cheap. Via my friend Mike Conte, I was able to find a trade I would make. It gives the Cubs on under controlled and cheap bat, let them shred money and give them a solid prospect.
I have no idea if the Cubs are looking for this type of deal, but to me it could be a possibility. Another type of trade could be adding Kimbrel and his 17mil contract in the trade, to add a lot of negative value in the trade. This makes the money obviously more, but the level of players given up less (see and example on the photo below). This will mean the Mets adding 37 mil on the payroll. Something the Cubs will totally do IMO.
Any interest in this type of trade to add a very strong starter?
The New York Mets have traded for Todd Frazier, catcher Robinson in a trade with the Texas Rangers, and reliever Miguel Castro in a deal with the Baltimore Orioles.
Pete Alonso on the Mets re-acquiring Todd Frazier: “This is news to me. But if he does come back, I love Todd. Todd is the man. He’s always welcome here in the clubhouse. Never a dull moment… He just brings good vibes no matter where he goes.”
General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said that he likes that Miguel Castro is controllable, in terms of his contract, and that he has late inning experience.
Mathew Brownstein reports that Castro is a reliever whose fastball velocity is in the 97th percentile this season. The right-hander won’t hit free agency until 2023.
Texas will receive a player to be named later while the Orioles will get Kevin Smith back.