The Mets will have a third left-handed option to rotate them this season.
In an effort to create depth of rotation, the club acquired Joey Lucchesi from Padres on Monday as part of a three-team deal that included Pirates. In commerce, Mets sent young worker Indy Rodriguez to Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, Padres has acquired Pirates’ shooter Joe Musgrove for four odds.
Lucchesi, 27, made only three matches for Padres last season. A year ago, he went from 10 to 10 with 4.18 ERAs and 1,222 WHIP in 30 starts for the team.
He spent most of the last season at Padres’ alternate training site, where the team looked up to younger shooters. In his three matches last season, Lucchesi reached 7.94 ERA.
The move gives Mets another potential left-wing start, as she joins David Peterson and Steven Matz, to rebuild it. Lucchesi’s access to the Mets will make it easier for Seth Lugo to return to the shopping center.
As it stands, the Mets have Jacob DeGrom, Carlos Carrasco, Marcus Strowman, Peterson, Mattz, Lucchesi and Logo as rotation options to start the season. Mets also hopes that Noah Sindergaard will return in June from Tommy John’s surgical rehab.
Lucchesi still had minor league options, so even if he didn’t break into the Mets roster in spring training, he would provide depth in Triple-A Syracuse. Does not become eligible for arbitration until the next vacation.
Lucchesi was consumable to Padres due to his wild Offseason spree, which included Yu Darvish and Blake Snell’s additions to their rotation, as well as Musgrove.
But the Mets, led by new owner Steve Cohen, team leader Sandy Alderson and general manager Jared Porter, rebuilt their rotation.
It started with Strowman, who accepted a club’s $ 18.9 million qualifying bid for this season and it has continued With the addition of Carrasco, Who arrived at the deal that brought Francisco Lindor from Cleveland.
Matz is the wild card in spin mix. Left Handers reached 9.68 ERA last season and were demoted to Bulls, but Mets offered him a contract this off-season and the two sides agreed on a year-long deal for $ 5.25 million.
Although Lugo has stated his preference for playing as a beginner – he was pushed into the role last season due to need – his best work came from Bullpen, where he was among the NL’s top two in 2018 and 19.
The Mets team is still looking at potential depth of rotation at the start, and plans to explore a Tuesday show in Miami featuring seasoned rookies Julio Tehran and Anibal Sanchez.
The Mets senior team also included catcher James McCann signing a four-year deal worth $ 40.6 million and Trevor May’s loyalty for a two-year contract worth $ 15.5 million.
But the Mets may not be completed, While they kept looking for George Springer’s signatureBest Free Agent in the Market, Brad Hand is a loyal, high quality. The Blue Jays is Springer’s only known suitor, whom Mets would like to pin down as the midfielder, allowing Brandon Nimmo to play on the left. Hand, tied to several teams, became a free agent after Cleveland, in payroll mode, turned down his 2021 option.
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