New York Mets best free agent signings in franchise history
By Leen Amin
6) Tom Glavine
61-56, 3.97 ERA, 516 SO, 107 ERA+, 4.35 FIP, 1.373 WHIP, 15.3 WAR
Tom Glavine is another all-time great pitcher who the Mets got towards the end of his journey. The Mets signed him to a four-year, $42.5 million deal before the 2003 season.
Glavine’s first two seasons in Flushing were inconsistent (mostly bad), but he was able to bounce back in 2006. He re-signed with the Mets for the 2007 season when he won his 300th career game.
With the Mets, Glavine was a two-time All-Star and the contract he signed with them didn’t go to waste when he really began to shine again towards the end of his deal.
In 2004, Glavine tied for the team lead in games started and pitched a complete game shutout, which he did again in 2007. In 2006, he led the team in ERA and tied for the team lead in wins. In 2004, 2006, and 2007, he led the team in innings pitched. From 2005-07, he led the team in games started.
5) Rick Reed
59-36, 3.66 ERA, 590 SO, 117 ERA+, 4.08 FIP, 1.155 WHIP, 16.4 WAR
Rick Reed established himself as a proper MLB pitcher during his tenure in New York and although he was unsuccessful elsewhere throughout the remainder of his career, he was quite valuable to the Mets.
He was a two-time All-Star and led the team in ERA in 1997 while pitching two complete games and led the team in games started in 1998. He led the team in innings pitched in 1997 and 1998 and pitched three complete games and a shutout in 2001.