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Mets to re-sign Jeremy Hefner

The Mets and Jeremy Hefner have agreed on a new contract (DiComo). It will be a minor-league deal (Rubin).

Hefner was non-tendered earlier this month.

He will likely miss all of 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery, but will be able to rehab at the Mets facilities with his new deal.

In 12 starts between May 13 and July 12, Hefner went 4-2 with a 2.71 ERA, allowing 22 earned runs, 16 walks and seven home runs with 57 strikeouts in 73 innings.

Overall, last season, he posted a 4.34 ERA and 1.293 WHIP, with 99 strikeouts, over 130 2/3 innings in 23 starts.




87 comments
Robert C. Smith
Robert C. Smith

Wow! Jeremy Hefner! What a whirlwind, upbeat, exciting winter meetings this has been!

1metfan
1metfan

He said he would talk when he signs with another team. Could this deal be "hush money"?

paulio
paulio

This is a nice gesture from the Mets if nothing else. They didn't need to sign this guy now, but it gives Hefner some modest income while he recovers.

Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Good. He is a really nice depth piece who can start but is also especially good against righties. He could be a valuable swingman in 2015 and is both relatively young and cheap. 

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Makes sense and thought this would a logical thing to do. Then, there was some talk of it looking bad, him not talking etc.  Blah blah. 

dgdg
dgdg

Right there is your major move of the winter meetings! :p

Greg Lambert
Greg Lambert

Hefner was having a helluva year before he got hurt, I remember at one point over approximately a two month span he was the best pitcher in baseball statistically.

queva
queva

Glad Mets are trying to keep Hefner--he'll pay off!

hankincolo
hankincolo

Good! Happy to have him back. What's even better is this team is loading up on pitchers. Some to keep, some to trade!

Jeff Robins
Jeff Robins

Very well done for a good guy. He can play a role in our future. Assuming Syndergaard, Montero and Mejia step up, Hefner could be a mainstay in long relief.

Rob Eppley
Rob Eppley

Thank god. I was pissed when they non-tendered him.

Vin Santiago
Vin Santiago

Hefner is good.  I'd hate for another team to get him him before we can figure out what we have.  

arc34
arc34

Good move....was Hefner turning the corner and taking his career to new heights, or was his short term success just a aberration....we will have to wait to find out.  One thing though; so much for all those major league offers coming his way as some predicted.

yanksuck
yanksuck

Was never about money it was about the 40 man roster spot. They can't dl him until the later and they wanna bring in more players that can help this season

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

I'm glad it worked out. To anyone calling the Mets cheap for this...they cut him, saved money and gave him a shot to go anywhere else and he elected to come back. That's business. They owe nothing to back end rotation starter who's had one good month in his career.

Robert Kramisen
Robert Kramisen

Save a roster spot, save some money, and retain Hefner with team control. Nicely done.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

Wow. They cut him to save the difference between the $500K and whatever he's getting on the minor league contract. I guess that's where the .25 in the 7.25 they gave CY came from.

Jerry C
Jerry C

Hefner was a hard worker and I agree that he will give us added depth in 2015. He can spot start, pitch middle innings and is at a bargain price.

coloradomf
coloradomf

@bcleveland I suspect miscommunication played a role in JH's comment. Nevertheless, he handled it correctly and didn't spout off, which would have compounded whatever errors were previously committed... 

hankincolo
hankincolo

In that case, I'm glad you are now officially unurinated.

CJM
CJM

Talk about intelligent. People don't understand that this is a business. You don't give away free money in a business when you don't have to.

Sean Williams
Sean Williams

That was in about 45 mins ago but thanks... lol

metstastic
metstastic

No one will even make him an offer until he starts pitching again.

metstastic
metstastic

Who would make him an offer when he will be out the whole season?

manicmesia
manicmesia

I agree with you, but the way Hefner was talking made it seem like they cut him and had no interest in bringing him back, when he said he'd have something to say after he found a new team.

Gland1
Gland1

@coloradomf @bcleveland He was probably bent  when he got cut, looked around for another deal and couldn't find anything and came back.  It is good if he didn't spout off, but announcing that you'll talk when you find a new team implies that you have something to spout off about and that you're planning on doing so.  

metstastic
metstastic

Exactly.. You want to pay him to sit on your bench for the whole season?

CJM
CJM

Try 5 hours ago.

arc34
arc34

@metstastic Some posters and as I remember, in an article on this blog, stating that another team will scoop Jeremy up quickly to control his future contract years....Jeremy even said that once he signs with someone else he will have something to say about the Mets...didn't happen.

arc34
arc34

@manicmesia Exactly....Jeremy signs this deal with a little egg on his face, that's for sure.

metstastic
metstastic

The Mets probably didn't make it clear to him what was going on... neither did his agent.

dumdeeduda
dumdeeduda

He would have been moved to the 60 Day DL and come off the 40 man anyway.

cmetsfan
cmetsfan

@Gland1 @coloradomf @bcleveland They signed him despite another tantrum on his part, unless it was magnified in print, but it's a bit weird to reward that, if accurate. 

coloradomf
coloradomf

@Gland1 @coloradomf @bcleveland It's also possible that he didn't understand how things were going to unfold or it wasn't explained properly. Fortunately, cooler heads prevailed. Some here belittle his performance last season, but it may indicate that something finally clicked. Whether that continues to be the case post-surgery waits to be seen, but I'm gld the FO did not give up on him...

dexx
dexx

@arc34 @metstastic Yeah, its because the Mets resigned him before he had a chance to. Did you really not see that?

magma123
magma123

At the start of the season I believe.  Which is why he needed to be moved off.

xgamblorx
xgamblorx

@dumdeeduda The roster spot is more important in the offseason when you can't DL guys to free up space. Not so much for this offseason since it looks like they've got plenty of space at the moment, but they'd have had to carry him for next offseason too, with him likely not having thrown any ML innings in the interim.

Mark Kohn
Mark Kohn

@dumdeeduda you can't have 41 players on the roster.