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Mets claim Tommy Milone off waivers from Brewers

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The Mets have acquired a starting pitcher, presumably to help their ailing rotation.

Milwaukee Brewers v Chicago Cubs Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Earlier today, the Mets claimed left-handed starting pitcher Tommy Milone off waivers from the Brewers. The 30-year-old had thrown 21.0 innings with a 6.43 ERA and 5.51 FIP for Milwaukee before he was designated for assignment.

Over the course of his major league career, Milone has made 135 starts and 14 relief appearances. In total, he has a 4.21 ERA and 4.40 FIP, but his numbers have been much worse since the beginning of the 2016 season, during which he had a 5.71 ERA and 5.54 FIP for the Twins. He’s always been a pitcher who neither strikes out nor walks many opposing batters with a home run problem, as he’s given up more than one dinger per nine innings, sometimes by a wide margin, in each of his major league seasons.

The Mets will have to make a 40-man roster move of some sort to add Milone. With Noah Syndergaard officially on the 60-day disabled list—after the Mets said he was, wans’t, and was all in the span of about an hour today—that would mean removing someone else from the forty. Milone will presumably slot into the Mets’ starting rotation in place of Rafael Montero, who had yet another bad outing for the Mets on Friday night.