Jeremy Hefner underwent Tommy John surgery in August, and was recently non-tendered by the club.
Johan Santana‘s continuing arm issues and setbacks paved the way for Hefner joining the starting rotation in 2013 out of Spring Training. After a troublesome 2012 MLB debut, Jeremy Hefner, 27, won over many Mets fans who were on the fence regarding his abilities and potential contributions.
In 24 appearances and 23 starts, Jeremy pitched 130.2 innings. Six of his starts lasted seven innings or more, and he completed at least six innings pitched in another eight starts. He posted a 4-8 record, with a 4.34 ERA, and struck out 99 batters. Jeremy surrendered 132 hits and walked 37, for a 1.293 WHiP. He also endured 12 no-decisions.
His overall stats do not overwhelm, but he served during a critical time of need, and consistently provided the Mets with the proverbial quality start. Above all, he was just an overall good guy who fans grew to support.
No financial terms of the deal have been disclosed. His post-Tommy John rehabilitation will likely continue through the 2014 season.