In something of a surprise move, reports on Thursday say the Mets will sign starting pitcher Rick Porcello. After reportedly signing Michael Wacha the day before, the Mets are now flush with starting pitching.
Porcello was among the best pitchers in the game as recently as 2016, when he won the AL Cy Young award (much to the infamous, vulgar chagrin of Kate Upton). Since then, though, he has not been particularly good, capping off the three-year stretch with 5.52 ERA last season. Could Porcello be done at age 30? We’ll find out next season, apparently.
The deal is for one year for a reported $10 million. Not terrible if he can even come close to regaining his Cy Young form.
But is another shoe about to drop? Will Brodie Van Wagenen finally pull the trigger on a Noah Syndergaard trade, now that the Mets have six starters? Hopefully not. Van Wagenen has insisted Syndergaard will be in Flushing in 2020; would the general manager of the New York Mets lie to the media and fans? Unheard of!
What about Steven Matz? He has not proven to be the ace we were promised. It is unclear how other teams value him, so it is impossible to speculate on what he could bring back.
All we know right now is just like last winter when Van Wagenen collected middle infielders, the GM seems to be stocking up on starting pitching this time around.