Mets sign Rick Porcello on December 16th
It should be regarded as the offseason of one-year, prove-it deals for BVW and his front office.
Following the acquisition of Michael Wacha, Van Wagenen bolstered his starting pitching staff by adding veteran pitcher, and 2016 AL Cy Young winner, Rick Porcello to the roster.
Not only did this signing lift the back-end of the Mets starting rotation, it has also put Steven Matz, and consequently Michael Wacha (just days after his signing), on notice that with another pitcher joining the starting pitching staff, someone is going to have to join the bullpen.
Although by every given account, it looks as though Porcello’s status as a starting pitcher is by no means in jeopardy; his signing does create competition for other pitchers. While he finished his 2019 season with a 14-12 win/loss record, posting a 5.52 ERA through 32 games started, how successful he is at turning his play around will ultimately determine his job security despite the expectation that he will start 2020 in the Mets rotation.
On the bright side, no other Brodie Van Wagenen addition this offseason has shown more pride to suit up in orange and blue this season than New Jersey native, Rick Porcello. Growing up a life-long New York Mets fan, Porcello’s one-year $10 million has by all accounts appeared to be a match made in heaven.