Mets Need More Jose Martinez Type Deals

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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Luis Rojas on Mets rotation

“Right now we are thinking of a five-man rotation, we have five solid starters and that’s what we’re going to focus on stretching out in this camp.” said the newly anointed manager of the Mets.

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Steven Matz
  4. Rick Porcello
  5. Michael Wacha

While the Mets still could use Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo to get creative, that’s not “Plan A”.

Peek at Mets potential rotation

Anthony DiComo of Mets.com is reporting that the Mets plan to use the traditional five-man rotation going into the 2020 season. The rotation looks like it will consist of:

  1. Jacob deGrom
  2. Marcus Stroman
  3. Steven Matz
  4. Rick Porcello
  5. Michael Wacha

While the Mets still could use Robert Gsellman or Seth Lugo to get creative, that’s not “Plan A”

Source: Anthony DiComo

Porcello’s final line vs Astros

Rick Porcello went 4.2 innings while giving up two earned runs on nine hits, 0 BB, and 1 K. He was also able to get the Astros to ground into three double plays, and currently owns a 2.53 ERA this Spring.

This outing should definitely help Porcello’s chances on making the rotation once the season starts… as well as his $10M contract. However till now, Porcello has definitely looked sharp during this Spring Training and so has the rest of the starters.

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Porcello’s final line vs Cardinals

On Thursday, the New York Mets sent Rick Porcello to the mound in Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to take on Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals in another exhibition game.

Porcello would pitch three innings while giving up just two hits and walking one. The Morristown, New Jersey native also struck out four batters in his three frames.

Porcello will be battling the likes of Steven Matz and Michael Wacha for the fourth and fifth spots in the Mets rotation.

Twenty five year old outfielder Johneshwy Fargas hit for the cycle and went 4-4 with two runs scored, two RBI’s, and collected his third stolen base of the spring.

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Porcello on Spring Training debut with Mets

Finally, baseball games have returned. Do they count? No. Does that matter? Not in the slightest. The New York Mets split up and played two games this afternoon, one against the Cardinals and the other against the Marlins. While Marcus Stroman went to work against the Cardinals, Rick Porcello went on to face the Marlins in his debut as a Met.

The 31 year old right hander from Morristown, New Jersey and former Cy Young started the game for the Mets against the Marlins and had this to say about his first appearance in the National League.

“Today was a good first step in the right direction and there is some differences from the American League game to the National League game,” Porcello told reporters after a 5-3 loss.

Porcello pitched an inning and gave up two hits and an earned run while striking out one. When asked if he’s seen a difference in between leagues, the right hander said this, “I saw it today, the running game, they don’t really steal bases that much in the American League and you get out there and first pitch with a runner on first and he’s gone. I will start paying attention to that more and be prepared for a little bit of change in the style of play, but the main focus is building that foundation with that delivery and go from there.”

“Today, that is the closest you are going to get to that feeling, when you get out there the first time in the regular season,” Porcello said. “Everyone is excited for the first game of spring. I’m excited to be out there on the mound again after a long offseason, so you work on things on the side, but you don’t have that same adrenaline going and your body tends to speed up, your mind tends to speed up, so the setting today, and it’s part of the reason I want to pitch in as many games as possible this spring and not in backfields.”

Catcher Wilson Ramos, who had two RBI’s in the contest had this to say about catching Porcello, “I know it’s just one inning, but he threw the ball really well, kept the ball down, it felt good giving a low target,” Ramos said. “That’s what I’ve been working all spring, this offseason, so I feel good with that target so I have to keep doing it and try to keep those guys happy.”

Brand new New York Mets manager Luis Rojas also made his debut and after the game, he addressed the media on Porcello performance. “It was a good inning for him, throwing the ball where he wanted,” Rojas said. “I thought he hit his spots and it looked smooth.”

“I like Ramos with the knee down being able to get Porcello’s fastball,” Rojas said. “Porcello’s fastball action, the two-seamer, Ramos was really good receiving it down in the zone. There were a couple of strikes early that hit the spots and Ramos was receiving it cleanly.”

Steven Matz and the Mets will host Adam Wainwright and the Cardinals tomorrow in Port St. Lucie at 1:10 P.M. EST as the “Amazin’s” try to get their first victory of the spring.

Rick Porcello signs with Mets

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.