Shortly after the major, franchise-altering news that Steve Cohen’s purchase of the Mets had been approved, the Mets claimed Nick Tropeano and Jacob Barnes, a pair of right-handed pitchers, on waivers.
With the offseason having just gotten underway, the team seems incredibly likely to make more significant moves, but the 30-year-old Tropeano had a good, albeit short, 2020 season with a 1.15 ERA and 2.55 FIP in 15.2 innings of relief work for the Pirates. Before this year, he had been a starting pitcher in all but one of his major league appearances, with all of his previous work having come with the Angels. In total, he’s thrown 233.0 major league innings with a 4.29 ERA and 4.79 FIP.
And speaking of the Angles, that’s the team Barnes played for this year. He had a 5.50 ERA and 2.25 FIP in 18.0 innings of work with a high strikeout rate, low walk rate, and a very low home run rate. In his major league career, he’s thrown 198.0 innings and has a 4.36 ERA and 3.85 FIP.