Mets Need The Crow
Crow was non-tendered by the Marlins after missing the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery. He was a former first round pick by the Royals, who failed as a starter, so they converted him into a reliever.
In his first year as a reliever, he was an All Star. For his career, he has an ERA+ of 120, a 4.16 FIP, and an 8.0 K/9. In terms of more traditional stats, he’s 20-11 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.322 WHIP. For his career, batters have hit .243/.321/.382. He fared better against righties (.229/.310/.327) than lefties (.262/.336/.455). Much of these career stats are skewed by an awful 2014, which was his last year before needing Tommy John surgery.
After seeing Bobby Parnell struggle last year post-Tommy John, Crow shouldn’t received more than a minor league deal. (Quick aside, the Mets should bring back Parnell on a minor league deal as well). He probably won’t receive more than that with his availability to start the year being a question mark. However, he’s well worth the flyer as he had a fastball that traveled between 93-97 MPH when healthy.
For a team rumored to be seeking bullpen help, brining on Aaron Crow is a no-brainer.