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The New York Mets and Texas Rangers are reportedly among “many” teams pursuing free agent pitcher Jameson Tyrone. MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports that Taillon will get a “very good deal” in what has been a so far player-friendly market “. The right hand spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees, and injuries cost him the Pittsburgh Pirates. Career got off to a promising start. Healthy over the past two years, Taillon is 22-11 in 61 starts with a 4.08 ERA and 1.16 WHIP. The Mets and the Tournament considering the Texas just signed Jacob DeGro to a five-year deal. The Cavalry are all interested, which creates an interesting dynamic. DeGrom spent his first nine MLB seasons in New York as the best pitcher in baseball and is coming off back-to-back injuries.
This $185M deal could make the Rangers more savvy when it comes to filling out the rest of the roster, which could get them out Tyrone Sweepstakes.
Meanwhile, the Mets now have $30-$40 million in surplus cash that was previously earmarked to deGrom . From a talent standpoint, no one would argue that Tyrone is even close to being in the same stratosphere as deGrom, but he’s a solid arm in the second half of the rotation.
Mets could use savings on deGrom contract to create a more balanced 2023 season — hopefully A healthier lineup.
For now, it appears that Taillon will be paid more than his expected market value given current interest rates.