MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello

Nick Goss

The New York Mets reportedly have lost free agent Zack Wheeler to the rival Philadelphia Phillies, and they might look to a Boston Red Sox starter to replace him.

SNY's Matthew Cerrone reported Wednesday, "There is mutual interest between the Mets and free-agent Rick Porcello, according to insiders aware of his offseason goals. This is good news because he's a perfect fit for the Mets." Cerrone also writes, "Porcello is seeking a multiyear deal."

Porcello is a free agent after his four-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox expired after this past season, and with the Red Sox looking to shed payroll, the veteran pitcher could land with a new team before the 2020 campaign. He has spent five seasons with the Red Sox, posting a 73-55 record, a 4.43 ERA, 852 strikeouts and 221 walks. He won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award and played a key role on Boston's 2018 World Series-winning roster.

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Porcello's performance has been up-and-down throughout his career. When he's on top of his game, he's capable of pitching at a Cy Young Award level. The flip side is Porcello also has shown to be average at best many times in his career, evidenced by his six seasons with a 4.50-plus ERA.

The consistent theme with Porcello is his durability. He's averaged more than 30 starts per season in 11 years as a Major League starter. He would give the Mets, or any other team, a dependable starter who takes the every fifth day. It's why replacing him won't be easy for the Red Sox if he departs in free agency.

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MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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