10:26am: It’s a one-year, $6MM contract for Pham, tweets Jon Heyman of the New York Post. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale provides that the contract comprises $2MM of accessible incentives and is anticipated to be finalized Thursday.
10:08am: The Mets and Pham have agreed to phrases on a contract, Martino tweets. The deal is pending a bodily.
9:44am: The Mets have a proposal on the desk for the free-agent outfielder Tommy Pham and is optimistic about finishing a deal, experiences SNY’s Andy Martino. The Mets additionally made gives to Andrew McCutchen and Adam Duvallper the report, however McCutchen most popular to return to his authentic staff in Pittsburgh whereas Duvall had the chance for extra enjoying time in Boston.
Pham, 35 in March, break up the 2022 season between Cincinnati and Boston, batting a mixed .236/.312/.374 with 17 residence runs and eight stolen bases in 622 plate appearances. It was a down season total, however Pham’s line included a stout .273/.338/.446 batting line towards left-handed pitching.
Additionally, Pham’s batted-ball profile additionally serves as a portent for elevated manufacturing sooner or later. His 92.2 mph common exit velocity ranked within the 93rd percentile of all large league hitters, whereas his 48.2% hard-hit fee ranked within the 89th percentile, per Statcast. Even if one would not bounce all the way in which again to the degrees these numbers recommend, there is a good likelihood he generally is a helpful platoon choice. Also, Pham additionally nonetheless drew favorable rankings for his arm power within the outfield (74th percentile) and common dash pace (66th percentile). Defensive metrics panned his glovework on the entire (0 DRS, -6 OAA), however the instruments are there for him to rebound in that capability as nicely.
From 2015-19, Pham was one of many recreation’s most underrated outfielders, batting a mixed .277/.373/.472 (130 wRC+) with a hefty 12.2% stroll fee towards a 23.3% strikeout fee. He’s been a barely below-average hitter total since that point, however given his pace, arm power and stable manufacturing towards lefties, he is a pleasant bat to have on the bench.
Pham is generally restricted to left discipline at this level in his profession — he has simply 91 innings in middle discipline and 7 in proper discipline since 2018 — however he’ll give the Mets some outfield insurance coverage whereas maybe serving as a right-handed complement to lefty DH Daniel Vogelbach. That’s very true if the Mets look to maneuver on from Darin Ruf after a disappointing couple months in Queens following final yr’s acquisition on the commerce deadline.
While Pham himself won’t be a backup choice to Brandon Nimmo in middle discipline, including him to the combination gives the Mets with some further cowl within the occasion of an outfield damage. For occasion, each left fielders Mark Canha and (particularly) proper fielder Starling Mars have expertise in middle discipline, so both may shift to middle ought to Nimmo want a time off or a visit to the IL, with Pham then slotting into left discipline and Marte/Canha protecting the opposite two outfield slots.
The Mets even have 24-year-old Khalil Lee as a lefty-hitting outfielder who can fill in in any respect three spots, though he has a minor league choice remaining. Pham’s addition creates the potential of sending Lee to Triple-A Syracuse for normal enjoying time — a luxurious the staff could not have beforehand been in a position to afford. Previously, the Mets’ solely outfielders on the 40-man roster had been all projected to be on the large league roster as nicely, so the additional depth fills a transparent want.
On high of Pham’s $6MM, the Mets owe a 90% luxurious tax of $5.4MM, bringing their whole tab for the signing to $11.4MM. New York’s projected bottom-line payroll for the 2023 season jumps to a bit greater than $356MM, with about $374MM in luxury-tax concerns on the books. That places them nicely into the highest luxurious bracket and units the stage for the Mets to be a third-time payor within the 2024 season, at which level they’d owe a fair steeper 110% tax on each greenback spent above the highest line. Owner Steve Cohen has proven little concern with such penalties, nonetheless, and Pham’s luxurious hit will probably be a relative drop within the bucket in comparison with the sum the Mets had been planning to pay Carlos Correa earlier than issues concerning his medicals scuttled the 12-year deal between the 2 events.