MLB: Gift class! Mets sign right-handed reliever on birthday who won’t pitch until 2023

The New York Mets they are signing the reliever veteran John Curtiss to a major league deal, general manager Billy Eppler told reporters. Curtiss will earn $770,000 this season, and next year’s option is valued at $775,000. It is a kind of anniversary gift for this player who celebrated his birthday on Tuesday, reaching another year of life.

Curtiss is not expected to pitch for the entire 2022 season. The recently turned 29-year-old right-hander suffered a torn ulnar collateral ligament while pitching for the Brewers last August, an injury that eventually required Tommy John surgery:

Milwaukee had just acquired Curtiss from the Marlins at the trade deadline that summer. He had had a terrific first half in Miami, pitching a 2.48 ERA over 40 innings with a solid 24.8% strikeout percentage and a meager 5.6% walk rate.

Milwaukee certainly envisioned Curtiss serving as a major bullpen piece both down the stretch and for seasons to come, but he only managed six relief appearances as a Brewer. They didn’t offer him a deal in November, choosing not to carry an injured pitcher on their 40-man roster all winter.

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Curtiss only has a little over two years of MLB service, so he will be controllable through arbitration even beyond the 2023 option year. The Mets will do a low-stakes roll of the dice to see if Curtiss can be a member of the bullpen. Major League Baseball next year and beyond. While he rehabs, he’ll earn a major league salary and MLB service time on the disabled list.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: Gift class! Mets sign right-handed reliever on birthday who won’t pitch until 2023