7:44pm: Hughes’ contract is worth a prorated $700K (about $260K over a 60-game season), DiComo tweets.
7:05pm: The Mets have signed reliever Jared Hughes to a major league contract, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com was among those to report. Financial details of the deal aren’t yet known, but Hughes will join the Mets’ 60-man player pool. The right-hander is a client of ISE Baseball.
Hughes, who will turn 35 on July 4, was most recently with the Astros, but he opted out of his minor league contract with them in March. He divided 2019 between the Reds and Phillies, with whom he combined for a 4.04 ERA/5.29 FIP with 6.81 K/9, 3.41 BB/9 and a bloated home run-to-fly ball percentage of 28.9 across 71 1/3 frames.
Last season was the first time Hughes was victimized by the home run ball over a large sample of work. He has long been adept at inducing ground balls, having done so at a 61.5 percent clip during a 519-inning major league career that has also included runs with the Pirates and Brewers. Hughes’ ability to keep the ball out of the air has led to a 13.9 percent HR-to-FB rate and a quality 2.88 ERA, despite an underwhelming K/9 of 6.07.
While Hughes has never flashed the most exciting skill set, he looks like a worthwhile flyer for the Mets, who are banking on a better performance from a bullpen that was a major disappointment in 2019. Along with Hughes, they’ve since added Dellin Betances and Brad Brach to the unit.
Oh my god WHY are you running so fast
Jt Realmuto was NOT amused
Still tryin to catch his breath
MAJOR LEAGUE DEAL???? wtf!!!!
i dunno about that. tweet says nothing about that.
The follow-up tweet does.
It literally says that under the 7:05pm update in the first sentence. Maybe you read it before that was posted, but it is definitely a major league contract offer.
The line is blurred on what that means this year. He may need to be placed on the 40-man roster, but he may not be required to be on the active main roster as long as he’s in the 60-man player pool. The contract is not outrageous.
good get. Philly shouldve brought him back
He’s never played for my team but honestly this guy has seemed like one of the more underrated relief pitchers of last decade.
For real, it’s because he doesn’t have strike out stuff
Not only that, but there’s no better person in the league. Hughes is a fantastic human being who always makes time for the fans. I’ll always root for him wherever he goes.
Hughes is a work horse. Puts in 60-70 innings a season, and before 2019, he really hasn’t had an awful season.
The Mets are gonna win the series now lol…… ahahahahaha
If he makes the roster instead of Tyler Bashlor I’m all for it.
You can usually throw HR totals from the past couple of years out the window because of the super ball. At minimum wage (basically) this guy’s a pretty good get. Relievers’ performances usually fluctuate, but Hughes has been pretty consistant.
It’s hard not to like this deal.
Congrats Jared! I keep hoping you come back to Pittsburgh.
His stats may not reflect it, but guy is pretty decent.
If you are on the tweety box.. check him out. He has some pretty cool videos of him just throwing pitches.
For such a small amount of money, it’s hard to dislike the move (unless you just like to make fun of everything the Mets do). He has had plenty of past success, so it seems like a worthwhile gamble. If he doesn’t work out, he doesn’t pitch, and you pay him $250K or whatever and that’s it. The Mets’ pen is hardly a guaranteed strength, so it’s smart to make signings like this in the event he shows up and someone else falls on their face.
But yeah, LOLMets hurrr hurr.
I don’t think the Mets bullpen is half bad. There’s quite a few components that just happen to be coming off of down years. If just half of Diaz, Familia, Betances, Hughes, and Brach pitch up to their ability, this could be a half-decent unit. As a Phillies fan, I’m a bit envious of the upside considering the mediocrity hanging in our bullpen
Lifetime 2.88 ERA…I’ll take it