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MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello

MLB rumors: Mets interested in Red Sox free agent pitcher Rick Porcello

The New York Mets reportedly have lost free agent Zack Wheeler to the rival Philadelphia Phillies, and they might look to a Boston Red Sox starter to replace him.

SNY's Matthew Cerrone reported Wednesday, "There is mutual interest between the Mets and free-agent Rick Porcello, according to insiders aware of his offseason goals. This is good news because he's a perfect fit for the Mets." Cerrone also writes, "Porcello is seeking a multiyear deal."

Porcello is a free agent after his four-year, $82.5 million contract with the Red Sox expired after this past season, and with the Red Sox looking to shed payroll, the veteran pitcher could land with a new team before the 2020 campaign. He has spent five seasons with the Red Sox, posting a 73-55 record, a 4.43 ERA, 852 strikeouts and 221 walks. He won the 2016 American League Cy Young Award and played a key role on Boston's 2018 World Series-winning roster.

Porcello's performance has been up-and-down throughout his career. When he's on top of his game, he's capable of pitching at a Cy Young Award level. The flip side is Porcello also has shown to be average at best many times in his career, evidenced by his six seasons with a 4.50-plus ERA.

The consistent theme with Porcello is his durability. He's averaged more than 30 starts per season in 11 years as a Major League starter. He would give the Mets, or any other team, a dependable starter who takes the every fifth day. It's why replacing him won't be easy for the Red Sox if he departs in free agency.

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Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

Curt Schilling misses out on Baseball Hall of Fame, Derek Jeter, Larry Walker in

In his eighth year on the ballot, Curt Schilling again fell short of making it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame announced their Class of 2020 on Tuesday night. Two players got in. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who was one vote shy of being a unanimous selection, and former Montreal Expos and Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker, who just squeaked in with 76.6 percent of the vote in his final year on the ballot.

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Meanwhile, Schilling earned 70 percent of the vote to finish third in the voting. He finished 20 votes shy of the 75 percent threshold needed to qualify for the Hall.

Two other notable candidates with Red Sox ties, Roger Clemens and Manny Ramirez, didn't make the cut either. Here are the full results from the voting, per the BBWAA.

Schilling wasn't expecting to get in as a part of the 2020 class. He said as much on Twitter before the announcement while wishing luck to Walker and Jeter in the selection process.

Schilling had previously indicated that he wouldn't have a problem being left out and noted that strong players, like Luis Tiant, never quite made the cut for the Hall of Fame.

Still, Schilling has two years left on the ballot to qualify. And he was up 9.1 percent from his 2019 voting numbers (60.1 percent), so he is certainly trending in the right direction.

Perhaps 2021 will be the year for Schilling.

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

Red Sox trade RHP Travis Lakins to Cubs; Bobby Poyner outrighted to Pawtucket

The Boston Red Sox have been busy making trades.

After pulling off two minor trades last week, the Red Sox announced a deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday. It's another small move, with the Sox sending right-handed pitcher Travis Lakins to the Cubs for a player to be named later or cash consideration. Lakins was designated for assignment on Friday.

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Left-handed relief pitcher Bobby Poyner also was outrighted to Triple-A Pawtucket, 

Lakins posted an 0-1 record with a 3.38 ERA, 18 strikeouts, 10 walks and a 1.41 WHIP in 23 1/3 innings for the Red Sox in 2019.

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