Former Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello signs one-year, $10 million deal with Mets

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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.

Oct 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) reacts after striking out Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) during the eighth inning in game two of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 14, 2018; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello (22) reacts after striking out Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa (1) during the eighth inning in game two of the 2018 ALCS playoff baseball series at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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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