Hey, did you hear that the Astros picked up a starter? Big name. Aaron Sanchez.
OK, fine, he wasn’t the biggest starter they picked up in the last half hour, but it’s still an acquisition! The Astros have sent Derek Fisher to Toronto in exchange for Sanchez and reliever Joe Biagini.
Sanchez is 3-14 with an ugly 6.07 ERA in 23 starts this year. His velocity is down as is his ground ball rate. It’s hard to see where he fits on the Astros staff, but the Astros have a reputation for fixing broken pitchers, so maybe they can do things to him that’ll help him regain his form from his All-Star 2016 season.
Biagini, who has bounced back and forth between the Jays’ pen and rotation over the years is all-reliever these days and has a 3.86 ERA in 49 appearances.
Fisher, once a top Astros prospect, has never really developed the way people thought he might. He’s hitting .226/.317/.358 for an 81 OPS+ which is around about where he’s been over his three year big league career.
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.