Former Mets pitcher Michael Wacha signs one-year deal with Rays

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Michael Wacha pitching in relief against Phillies
Michael Wacha pitching in relief against Phillies

Pitcher Michael Wacha is now officially a former Met, having signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Rays. ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports the deal is worth $3 million.

Wacha signed with the Mets in 2020 after spending the first seven years of his career with the Cardinals. The right-hander made eight appearances (seven starts), missing most of August with right shoulder inflammation.

In 34 innings pitched, he went 1-4 with a 6.62 ERA, striking out 37 hitters while walking seven.

The best season of Wacha’s career came in 2015, when he went 17-7 with a 3.38 ERA in 181 1/3 innings pitched and made the lone All-Star appearance of his career. For his career, the 29-year-old is 60-43 with a 4.01 ERA.

Wacha’s departure opens up the fifth rotation spot for the Mets, which could be filled by Seth Lugo, should the Mets opt to move him from the bullpen. Manager Luis Rojas told SNY’s Gary Apple on Wednesday that he’d like to see the team add another starting pitcher in free agency this offseason, as well.