Amid rumors that the Angels are trying to dump C.J. Wilson and the remainder of his contract, general manager Jerry Dipoto told reporters “we haven’t discussed C.J. Wilson at all” and “we have not picked up the phone and offered C.J. Wilson around to the league, at a reduced cost or any other.”
Of course, if another team came calling on Wilson it’s hard to imagine the Angels wouldn’t have open ears.
Wilson has two years and $38 million left on his contract and was a mess this past season, posting a 4.51 ERA in 31 starts overall and a 6.04 ERA in his final 16 outings.
However, from 2009-2013 he posted sub-4.00 ERA every year, including a 3.39 ERA in 212 innings in 2013. If it would require eating a huge portion of his remaining contract to move Wilson the Angels may feel like betting on a bounceback at age 34 is the better option.
Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.
Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.
The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.
The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.