Mets Reach Deal With Pitcher Recovering From Tommy John

He spent the past year recovering from Tommy John surgery, but he should be ready to go in 2023. Joey Lucchesi and the New York Mets avoided arbitration with a one-year deal. 

The 29-year-old left-hander agreed to a one-year, $1.15M deal with the Mets, equalling his earnings during his year of recovery. 

Lucchesi showed promise this past September, building up to multiple innings while on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse. He pitched a total of 12.2 minor league innings, posting a 2.13 ERA, while striking out 12 and walking only three. A great sign that he should be ready for spring training, and to start 2023. 

He'll likely begin the season in the Mets' bullpen.

A four-year veteran, Lucchesi has a career 4.24 ERA with a 1.27 WHIP. He's struck out 9.3 batters per nine innings. He made eight starts in 11 appearances for the Mets in 2021, posting a 4.46 ERA.

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