Please use this thread all week to discuss any Mets-specific topic you wish.
When Noah Syndergaard and Justin Verlander – two pitchers who’ve essentially missed two seasons – each signed one-year contracts worth over $20 million, it seemed like we were going to see a huge premium for pitchers this offseason. Then Anthony DeSclafini, who in the last two full seasons has a 2.6 and a 3.0 fWAR, signed a 3/$36 deal. Then Steven Matz, a lefty and a year younger, coming off a 2.8 fWAR season, signed a 4/$44 deal with the Cardinals. DeSclafini’s deal is an outright steal for the Giants while Matz values him at less than 6-WAR for the life of the deal, which seems like a good deal for the team signing him, too.
Of course, there’s the 2/$17 deal given to Aaron Loup, coming off the tremendous year he had with the Mets. It seems like a lot of money until you remember the Mets gave Jeurys Familia 3/$30 not too long ago. Another gift from Brodie Van Wagenen. But back to Loup. Maybe it’s just that the Angels really have to overpay pitchers to sign with them.