Drew Smyly is another pitcher with both starter and relief experience that can add much-needed depth to the 2020 Mets pitching staff. Smyly has had an up and down career, but if you look at his career stats, you have all the makings of a good pitcher.
With a lifetime ERA of 4.16, 1.26 WHIP, 672 strikeouts in 684.1 innings along with only 649 hits given up. After a solid start to his career from 2012 to 2015, the well-traveled Smyly had a rough 2016 with Tampa (4.88 ERA) and then had a little break in his career due to Tommy John surgery.
Only to surface again in 2019 with a rough stint, in hard to pitch Texas and then settling down with 12 solid starts in Philadelphia. Now a free agent, I believe he would be a great low-cost addition for the 2020 Mets as the fifth or sixth starter or even as the long man in the bullpen.
Many would and should be concerned about his recent injury history. At the right price, he’s worth looking at closer. Speaking of which, what would it cost the Mets to put a Smyly on the roster?
I believe Smyly would be open to signing a two-year deal at around $3,000,000 per year. He can use the two years to revitalize his career and parlay that into a more lucrative contract in the future.
This total may even be an overestimate on my part. The Mets can protect themselves with a team option for the second year, allowing a way to escape a longer commitment if injuries resurface.
The benefit of Smyly compared to the other two is he only costs money. There’s no prospect to deal away. There’s no hefty contract to take on either. If he can perform like he did last year with Philadelphia, he’s someone who can fill out the roster and allow this ball club to improve elsewhere.
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Which of these under the radar starting pitchers do you think is the greatest fit for the Mets?