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New York Mets to sign former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha

By Connor Grott
New York Mets to sign former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha
St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha agreed to a one-year deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday. File Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI | License Photo

Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The New York Mets are signing former St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Michael Wacha to a one-year contract.

League sources told ESPN and the New York Post on Wednesday that Wacha will receive $3 million guaranteed from the Mets and could earn an additional $7 million in performance bonuses and incentives. The deal is pending a physical.

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"We stated as we showed up [at the winter meetings] that starting pitching depth was a priority for us," Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. "We like Michael Wacha a lot. ... He fits the category of depth starting pitching that we think has high upside.

"He's got championship makeup. This is a guy that has pitched in postseason games. This is a guy that has been in an All-Star Game. There are a lot of other pitchers out there that we have to keep our eye on, too, but Michael Wacha fits a lot of categories that we were seeking."

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Wacha had spent his entire seven-year MLB career with the Cardinals. The right-handed pitcher posted a 6-7 record and 4.76 ERA in 29 games (24 starts) last season.

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Wacha has battled injuries in recent seasons, missing a majority of the 2018 campaign because of a left oblique strain. In 2019, he didn't record a win after July 19 as he dealt with a strained right shoulder and elbow inflammation toward the end of the season.

The veteran pitcher will replace Zack Wheeler, who agreed to a five-year, $118 million contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Dec. 4. The Mets' rotation already consists of two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz.

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Wacha has a 59-39 record and 3.91 ERA in his career. He was MVP of the 2013 NLCS as a rookie.

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