SAN DIEGO — The Mets lost Zack Wheeler to free agency and the Phillies, so they need some pitching. Michael Wacha is a pitcher, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets are finalizing a one year deal for him. Jon Heyman says it’ll be a one-year, $3 million deal with a chance for him to make $10 million if he hits incentives.
Wacha, 28, ended last season with a right shoulder strain. Before that he posted a 4.76 ERA, 104/55 K/BB ratio and 1.56 WHIP over 126.2 innings. He was moved to the bullpen for five appearances along the way.
That’s not great, but on a one-year deal, there’s little risk. He certainly has an incentive to return to form if he’s going to hit the market again next year. The bigger question is if Wacha is as big as the Mets plan to go to address their pitching needs. If so, some Mets fans aren’t gonna be super happy.
Robert Murray reports that Brewers infielder Luis Urías underwent surgery to repair a fractured left hamate bone, suffered during a game in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. The club expects him to miss six to eight weeks, which likely means he will not start the regular season on time.
The Brewers acquired Urías from the Padres along with pitcher Eric Lauer in late November in exchange for pitcher Zach Davies and outfielder Trent Grisham.
Last season with the Padres, Urías hit .223/.329/.326 across 249 plate appearances. While his offense isn’t anything to write home about, he does play above-average defense with the ability to play several positions.
Urías was slated to be the regular shortstop, so his late start likely means Orlando Arcia will get another chance to prove himself. Arcia has failed to live up to expectations across four seasons in the big leagues thus far.