Michael Wacha to sign 1-year deal with NY Mets

Michael Wacha
Pleasant Grove graduate Michael Wacha had his number 38 retired Friday night at Hawk Stadium.

Former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Michael Wacha has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the New York Mets pending a physical.

The 28-year-old Pleasant Grove Hawks and Texas A&M Aggies product will get getting $3 million in guaranteed money from the Mets, and is eligible to make another $7 million in performance bonuses and incentives, according to ESPN’s Jeff Passan.

Wacha spent the first seven years of his career in St. Louis. The righty posted a 6-7 record last year with a 4.76 ERA in 29 games, 24 of which he started. Wacha dealt with a strained right shoulder down the stretch, and he failed to post another win after July 19.

The Texarkana native is slated to replace Zack Wheeler at the back end of New York’s pitching rotation, which already has Jacob deGrom, a two-time Cy Young Winner, Marcus Stroman, Steven Matz, and Noah Snydergaard.

Wacha agreed to a $6.35 million deal with the Cardinals in 2019 to avoid arbitration and was held to 15 starts in the 2018 season due a strained muscle on his left side. Nonetheless, the former Hawk went 8-2 with a 3.20 ERA.

For his career, Wacha has a 59-39 record with a 3.91 ERA and was MVP of the 2013 NLCS as a rookie. Wacha’s 759 strikeouts are tied with Mort Cooper (1938-45) for the 19th-most in Cardinals history.