Astros agree to terms with No. 5 overall pick Kyle Tucker

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The Astros announced today that they agreed to terms with high school outfielder Kyle Tucker, who was selected No. 5 overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft.

Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that Tucker will receive a $4 million bonus. Baseball America notes that the pool value for the No. 5 pick is $4,188,700, so the Astros have some additional wiggle room for their other picks. The Astros have the largest bonus pool for their picks this year, but they’re going to need it to sign the likes of No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman (compensation for failing to sign last year’s No. 1 pick Brady Aiken) and No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron.

Tucker, 18, is the younger brother of current Astros outfielder Preston Tucker. Astros director of amateur scouting Mike Elias said they think Tucker is “one of the premier bats of this year’s draft class and has the ability to hit in the heart of our lineup in the future.”

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.