Recent reports from multiple sources are confirming that Lugo has landed a two-year deal with the San Diego Padres. It is supposedly worth $15 million ($7.5 million AAV) with an opt-out after year one.
Joel Sherman of The New York Post and MLB Network reported that the Los Angeles Dodgers were in the sweepstakes for Lugo up until the very end as well. Sherman also shared that Lugo will enter spring training with the Padres as a starter. Much of the buzz surrounding Lugo’s free agency was suggesting that he was going to land a starting opportunity.
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Seth Lugo’s run with the Mets has come to an end:
Along with recently re-signed Brandon Nimmo, Lugo was a part of the 2011 draft class for the Mets. They both made their debut in the majors for the Mets in 2016.
Lugo had a long, impressive run with the team. Over his seven years with the Mets, Lugo appeared in 275 games. Of those 275 appearances, Lugo started 38 games for the Mets, always offering valuable versatility. His run with the Mets concludes with a more than respectable 3.48 ERA since 2016.
In three different seasons, Lugo posted an ERA of 2.70 or better for the Mets (2016, 2018-19). He put together a 32-24 record and pitched 494.2 innings with the Mets.
Lugo was emotional when meeting with reporters after the 2022 season came to an end. Unfortunately, it seemed as if he would land this free agency elsewhere. Lugo provided stability to the bullpen and consistency on the mound for many years. This is a tough loss for the Mets as Lugo’s long tenure with the team, 12 years, is officially over.