Once a trade deadline possibility for the Mets, Mike Minor presents himself as a viable option in free agency to plug a hole in the rotation.
After three seasons of 25 or more starts with the Braves, he missed two whole seasons with left shoulder issues. However, his return in 2017 was stellar as he posted a 2.55 ERA with the Royals over 77 innings pitched as a reliever. It’s also important to note that after coming back from a shoulder injury that kept him sidelined for two years, Minor made 28 and 32 starts, respectively, in 2018 & 2019.
Outside of the health issues in those two seasons, it’s been quite the seesaw for Minor’s ERA year-to-year. Take a look at his ERA each season since 2013:
‘13 – 3.21
‘14 – 4.77
‘17 – 2.55
‘18 – 4.18
‘19 – 3.59
‘20 – 5.56
If the trend continues for Minor, the Mets could be getting him on a good year, though that alone wouldn’t be a justifiable reason to sign him.
Instead, it would be important to note that outside of 2020, Minor was good for a minimum of 2.2 WAR over his previous three seasons, with his WAR being 4.1 in 2019. While Minor doesn’t elude bats at the rate of Kluber or Ray, he is effective in keeping runners off base. For his career, Minor has posted a WHIP of 1.22.
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At 32, Minor could be looking to secure a multiple-year deal, but given the market and a down year in 2020, the Mets could try to capitalize on the limited buyers on the market and lure Minor into a one year contract as they try to repair their rotation.