Red Sox, Mets reportedly interested in Rick Porcello


The pitching market has already been active this offseason. Major League Baseball teams seem to be prioritizing two things heading into the upcoming Winter Meetings: Starting pitchers and catchers. That's been good news for more than a few free agents.

Michael Pineda (2 years, $20 million), Kyle Gibson (3 years, $28 million), Zack Wheeler (5 years, $118 million) and Cole Hamels (1 year, $18 million) have all been the beneficiary of the trend. This would seemingly be good news for Rick Porcello.

It is expected Porcello will be looking for a short-term deal to re-establish his value after a disappointing 2019 season. And one team has reportedly emerged as an organization that might be willing to give the righty that opportunity.

According to Jon Heyman, the Mets have interest in Porcello.

Mets are talking to Rick Porcello. Perhaps AL to NL switch would spark nice bounce back. @matthewcerrone linked Porcello/Mets

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 7, 2019

Despite the worst season of his career (5.52 ERA), Porcello has still made 32 starts, extending his streak of 30 or more starts in all but one season since 2011.

The Mets are in the market for a starter with the departure of Wheeler, who left for the Phillies. The rotation remains a strength for the Mets, still boasting Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz.

According to the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have also expressed interest in bringing back Porcello. MLB Trade Rumors' free-agent projections predicted a one-year, $11 million for the 30-year-old.