The Mets added Jose Martinez on an uniquely structured deal. The type of deal that’s perfect for the Mets, because it gives them much needed depth and for a low cost with a player who still has options. Martinez is on the 40 man roster, but can be positioned in the minors. In AAA, he will earn $225k, above the normal pay for an average AAA player, but won’t be against the luxury tax.
The Mets lack depth in the upper levels and this a way the Mets can find depth rather cheap. There are a ton of pitchers who are worth a shot and not required a 40 man roster spot. Pitchers like Felix Hernandez, Collin McHugh (mentioned him in this article), Chris Archer, Rick Porcello and even a veteran like Rich Hill could be a pitcher that might fall into that category.
The Mets are in a prime position to reel those type of pitchers in. They have the finances to give players a higher salary in AAA as they provide much needed depth. Behind the starting 5, the Mets have Eickhoff, Oswalt and Kilome as main starting pitching depth. We all know that should be better in a 162 game season.
I expect the Mets to have a lot of traction in this department over the next couple of months. Not only with starting pitching depth, but position player depth as well. Getting guys with the potential of Jose Martinez (although I’m not loving the move due to lack of flexibility) is a major plus. Depth can be added with solid players in this off-season, so the Mets will pounce on that.
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Recently on The Mets Junkies Podcast, we messed around with $50M of Uncle Steve’s money and acquired a few Free Agents on the behalf of brand new GM Jared Porter. While Archer didn’t make the cut, I wonder if I made a mistake in leaving him out.
The eight-year veteran owns a 60-80 lifetime record with both the Tampa Bay Rays and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In that eight years, the right hander has posted a completely respectable 3.86 ERA, however, since 2016 he’s consistently put up an ERA above four.
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Archer did not pitch in 2020 due to a very familiar thoracic outlet syndrome. While many pitchers like Matt Harvey have not been able to return to previous form, Archer will come at a cheap price and his upside is high.
At his best, Archer pitched to a 3.23 ERA in 34 starts during the 2015 campaign. He put in 212 innings and averaged 10.7 strikeouts per nine, racking up 252 K’s that year. So while he only had a 12-13 record, he did have a solid 2.90 FIP alongside nasty stuff that was clearly missing a ton of bats.
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Fangraphs has Archer bouncing back in 2021 with a 7-7 record while accumulating 147 strikeouts in 130 innings pitched. While he’s also projected to have a 4.22 ERA, that’s not bad for an end of the rotation type arm. However, ideally he’d eat a minimum of 20-30 more innings but for $4M, I’ll take it.
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After Steven Matz pitched an absolute gem with a complete game shutout that would go on and secure another series victory, four out of their last five, the Pirates and the Mets will meet up early at 1:10 PM to finish things up.
Pittsburgh will be sending right hander Chris Archer to the bump and the once elite-like pitcher has definitely struggled this year while giving up a league leading 24 home runs. Archer has a 3-7 record with a 5.40 ERA, a 1.42 WHIP to go with 112 strikeouts in 96.2 innings.
Jason Vargas could be taking the mound at Citi Field in a Mets uniform for the last time as he tried to help the Mets secure the sweep over the Pirates on Sunday afternoon. Vargas owns a 5-5 record with a 3.96 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP alongside 76 strikeouts in 88.2 innings pitched.
J.D Davis is coming off a big two-hit game which included a clutch 2-run home run to put the nail in the coffin. The home run was his 10th of the season as well picking up his 12th double in his limited amount of playing time.
Davis has been hitting a scorching hot .381/.435/.619 in his last 42 at-bats and 15 games.