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Mets: Three under the radar starting pitchers that can help in 2020

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the eighth inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the eighth inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 13: Starting pitcher Danny Duffy #41 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium on September 13, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Danny Duffy

I have always been a fan of Danny Duffy and have felt bad for him being stuck on some horrible Kansas City Royals teams over the past couple of years, after being part of the 2015 World Series team.

Similar to Maeda, Duffy has been moved from starting rotation to the bullpen and back throughout his nine-year career with the Royals and it is a plus that he has the ability to pitch both as a starter and a reliever. He has seemed to struggle over the past two years and do think he would benefit from a change of scenery.

Looking at his career numbers, he has a close to .500 record (60 wins, 61 loses) and an ERA under 4.00 (3.98) and fewer hits compared to innings pitched (1006 hits allowed in 1055 innings). All pretty good numbers.

In his case, you would be looking for in a fourth or fifth starter or as the long man in the bullpen. I do also think he has the potential to perform even better in the right situation and with a coaching staff that can develop his overall pitching skills.

Not to mention, he throws left-handed. The Mets could use another southpaw. Starter Steven Matz and reliever Justin Wilson could use a little help.

Possible Cost

I think Duffy could be had for a couple of B level prospects, as from the Royals perspective, it could be perceived as a salary dump. Yes, he may be a bit overpaid making $15,250,000 in 2020 and 2021, but do think that is the going rate for these types of pitchers in the game of baseball today.

His career numbers are very close to what Zack Wheeler has done over his career and look at what Wheeler will probably make as a free agent this winter ($20+ million per year).

If Kansas City ate a portion of Duffy’s salary, he’s someone the Mets should highly consider. Typically in salary dump deals, the original team is willing to do so.

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