By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com
BOSTON, Mass. — Former Red Sox righty Rick Porcello has found a new home in the National League, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Mets. Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of the Athletic were first to report the agreement, with Jon Heyman reporting the Porcello compensation at $10 million.
Porcello went 73-55 (.570) in five seasons with the Red Sox, compiling a 4.43 ERA. He struck out 852 batters in 964 innings. Porcello most notably won the American League Cy Young award in 2016, leading the league with 22 wins and posting a career-low 3.15 ERA and a career-high 223 innings.
The last season in Boston didn’t go so well for Porcello, who went 14-12 with a career-worst 5.52 ERA. Now he gets one year to prove himself and potentially get a better deal as a free agent after the 2020 season. He has a good chance to rebound in the National League, starting his home games in the pitcher-friendly Citi Field and facing pitchers in the batting order regularly for the first time in his career.
Porcello won a Cy Young and helped deliver a World Series championship to the Red Sox, so his stint in Boston should ultimately be considered a success. He allowed one earned run in 4.2 innings in Game 3 of the 2018 World Series against the Dodgers, which Los Angeles ended up winning 3-2 in an 18-inning marathon.
The departure of Porcello comes amid a Red Sox offseason focused on shedding payroll under new Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom. In addition to saying goodbye to Porcello, the Red Sox are reportedly shopping high-priced lefty David Price and center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. at baseball’s winter meetings.
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