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Mets Black Friday Shopping: Four potential bargain starting pitchers

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: General view as Matt Harvey #33 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the fourth inning against the Colorado Rockies on August 11, 2015 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – SEPTEMBER 29: Starting pitcher Martin Perez #33 of the Minnesota Twins pitches in the first inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on September 29, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Martin Perez

There’s no reason to think Martin Perez will overprice himself this winter. In his first year with the Minnesota Twins in 2019, Perez went 10-7 with a 5.12 ERA. Thank goodness he helped for a team that wasn’t short on supplying run support. Otherwise, his record may have looked abysmal.

Perez’s track record is anything but impressive. He is 53-56 in his career with a 4.72 ERA. Pitching for the Texas Rangers for seven seasons can do this damage to a pitcher’s numbers. I’m not sure Citi Field will help out all that much.

As far as bargains go, Perez is probably going to get the lowest AAV on his next deal of anyone mentioned on this list. His best season was back in 2013 when he went 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA in 20 starts. Ever since, Perez has been about league average. Unfortunately for the Mets fans, this may mean he’s an ideal target for a ball club looking to save some money.

There are some good notes about Perez to consider when matching him up with the Mets. It’s quite possible he accepts a minor league deal to work his way back into favor with future deals. Perez doesn’t turn 29 until April of 2020. A minor-league pact and chance to win a job with the Mets is something he should definitely consider.

Additionally, Perez is one of those pitchers we should consider as a swingman candidate. Although he has spent most of his career as a starting pitcher, the Mets could always add him to the roster and move him to the bullpen. I wouldn’t be opposed to letting him, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, and others fight for a rotation spot this spring.

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