What under-the-radar pitching move can NY make after lockout ends?

Yusei Kikuchi cropped 9/18/21

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@soulchuck: What’s an under the radar pitching move the Mets could make after the lockout ends?

In the days prior to the lockout, after completing the Max Scherzer offer, the Mets revealed some interest in another Scott Boras customer, the 30-year-old left-hander Yusei Kikuchi, according to league sources.

Like the Mets’ Taijuan Walker, Kikuchi was an All-Star in 2021 however had a rough 2nd half of the season. When the Mariners were making a late push for the playoffs, Kikuchi wasn’t even in the rotation.

But you asked me about an under-the-radar relocation, and this was one the Mets were thinking about prior to the offseason froze.

Kikuchi decreased a one-year, $13 million gamer choice with the Mariners, so one pictures that his rate is around that variety. That’s a bit high for a man who is 15-24 with a 4.97 age in a three-year profession — however, the Angels provided Noah Syndergaard $21 million after he hadn’t pitched in 2 years. Teams have cash, and pitchers make money.

For a more apt contrast with Kikuchi, 30-year-old lefty Steven Matz got a four-year, $44 million agreement from St. Louis. So maybe Kikuchi was ideal to decrease the gamer choice. Matz’s performance history is much better, however not extremely so.



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