Hisashi Iwakuma hasn’t been getting a whole lot of play on the hot stove up to this point, but that should change as the secondary starting pitching market begins to settle at this week’s Winter Meetings.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Giants have the 34-year-old right-hander on their “radar,” along with 28-year-old righty Mike Leake. San Francisco added Jeff Samardzija on a five-year, $90 million contract last week, but the club is clearly not done fishing. They also want a bat.
Iwakuma was limited to 20 starts in 2015 because of a strained lat, but he registered a cool 3.54 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 129 2/3 innings while healthy and he owns a 3.17 ERA (117 ERA+) in 653 2/3 career major league frames.
On a three-year deal, he’d make sense for just about any team.
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.