SAN DIEGO — The more the merrier.
After identifying starting rotation depth as a Mets weakness, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen added another piece before departing the winter meetings Thursday, agreeing to terms with Rick Porcello on a one-year contract worth $10 million, according to an industry source.
The 30-year-old Porcello, a former Seton Hall prep standout, went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts for the Red Sox last season, three years removed from winning the American League Cy Young award.
A day earlier, Van Wagenen agreed to terms with free agent Michael Wacha on an incentive laden one-year contract with a $3 million base salary. The additions of Porcello and Wacha give the Mets six starting pitchers, with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman potentially providing further rotation depth.
“Championships are born by great starting pitchers, and when we look at our rotation we know that at the top we already have guys that we know can be dominant pitchers throughout the course of 162 [games], but also can be impact guys in the postseason,” Van Wagenen said. “Adding starting pitching with not only coverage for durability but also upside gives us a stronghold…