MLB Rumors: Mets Looking At 2 Top Arms In Free Agency

The New York Mets, amid their offseason roster adjustments, have reportedly shown interest in bolstering their pitching staff, with Mike Clevinger and Michael Lorenzen emerging as potential targets.

Clevinger, known for his tenure with the Cleveland Indians where he showcased ace potential, entered free agency with a mixed recent performance record.

His 2023 season with the Chicago White Sox was marked by a decent comeback, posting a 3.77 ERA over 131.1 innings, suggesting he could be a valuable back-of-the-rotation starter.

Despite facing serious allegations off the field, which Major League Baseball investigated without levying any punishment, Clevinger's on-field capabilities remain of interest to teams looking for experienced pitching options​.

Contract predictions for Clevinger have varied, with MLB Trade Rumors suggesting a potential two-year, $26 million deal, highlighting his value as a mid-rotation arm in a market where comparable pitchers have secured significant contracts despite recent struggles​.

This assessment indicates that Clevinger could offer substantial value to a team willing to bet on his ability to replicate or improve upon his recent performance levels.

Lorenzen, who is considered one of the top options outside of other notable free agents, has a track record that includes a 3.58 ERA in 105.2 innings pitched with the Detroit Tigers and a no-hitter with the Philadelphia Phillies following a mid-season trade.

However, his performance fluctuated, as evidenced by a 5.51 ERA in 11 games (seven starts) post-trade​.

With less than a month to go until Opening Day, it will be interesting to see if the Mets secure any of the top remaining talents left on the market.

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