The Mets’ dumpster-diving off-season continues as General Manager Sandy Alderson has reportedly been in contact with starting pitcher Dave Bush. The long-time Milwaukee Brewers pitcher was originally drafted by the the Toronto Blue Jays back in 2002, so it’s not particularly surprising former Blue Jay GM and current Mets exec, J.P. Riccardi, is pushing Alderson to take a look at his former pick.
Bush has long been a stat-head favorite due to his generally great BB/9 IP and passable K/9 IP ratios despite seemingly sub-par surface numbers. The righty enjoyed his finest season in 2006 at age 26, when he posted a 12 Win, 4.41 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 1.6 BB/9 IP, 7.1 K/9 IP, and league-leading 4.37 K/BB campaign. Bush’s next two seasons hinted at similar skill sets
, but never quite surpassed or even matched his 2006 levels. In addition, from 2009-2010, Bush posted an uninspiring 5.27 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9 IP, and 6.1 K/9 IP–possibly marking the end of his tenure as an “underrated” pitcher.
The good news is that, despite the dearth of starting pitching remaining in the free agent market, it is unlikely Bush would command more than a one-year, $3 million deal. As is evident by his career 4.66 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 2.3 BB/9 IP, and 6.1 K/9 IP, Bush could arguably be a serviceable fifth starter for the Mets, but at age 30, it appears that Bush has already hit his peak, and fans shouldn’t expect anything close to his 2006 production.