The Indians recently acquired Kevin Plawecki from the Mets. Now they know how much they’ll pay him in 2019. The club and the catcher have settled for $1,137,500, avoiding arbitration.
Plawecki, 27, hit .210/.315/.370 with seven homers in 79 games in 2018. He’s likely to see more playing time in Cleveland, where he’ll share catching duties with Roberto Perez. No matter what, it seems like neither side felt too jazzed about going to the mat to argue over a couple of tens of thousands of dollars either way heading into spring training. Probably the smart move.
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.