Mike Minor delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.

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Report: Mets Showing Heavy Interest In Trade For Mike Minor

December 21, 2018 - 2:34 pm

NEW YORK (WFAN) - The Mets already own a talented starting rotation, but that has not stopped them from looking into a trade for yet another veteran pitcher.

The Mets and Phillies have been showing the heaviest interest in Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Minor, according to Ken Rosenthal. 

Minor started 28 games for the Rangers in 2018, going 12-8 with a 4.18 ERA and 1.121 WHIP in 157.0 innings.

However, the veteran pitched exclusively in relief the prior season and was able to find tremendous success. Appearing in 65 games for the Royals back in 2017, Minor earned a 2.55 ERA and 1.017 WHIP while racking up 88 strikeouts in 77.2 innings. 

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Rosenthal went on to note that the Mets could use Minor as both a starter and reliever, most likely depending on the health and performance of the team's other starting pitchers.

One factor that could complicate matters is Minor's 10-team no-trade list, which does include the Mets. The soon-to-be 31-year-old would have to approve a trade to Queens. 

Philadelphia is not on that list, meaning he could be dealt there with no restrictions.

Minor is entering the second season of a three-year, $28 million contract he signed with the Rangers prior to the 2018 season.