Diamondbacks rookie Archie Bradley has struggled since returning from taking a line drive to the face, allowing 19 runs in 16 innings, and now the 22-year-old right-hander has been placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendinitis.
Left-hander Robbie Ray was called up from Triple-A to take Bradley’s spot in the rotation.
During spring training several Diamondbacks decision-makers indicated that they didn’t feel Bradley was ready for the majors yet, but the consensus top-25 prospect ended up winning a job anyway and has posted a 5.80 ERA with 23 strikeouts and 22 walks in 36 innings.
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.