July 28, 2021

Michael Wacha joined Mets to be a starting pitcher (New York Post)

When Michael Wacha agreed to terms with the Mets on Wednesday, there was a clear open spot in the starting rotation.

One day later, however, the Mets added Rick Porcello to the mix, giving them six proven starters for five spots. But it did little to change Wacha’s mindset as he prepares for what he hopes is a bounce-back season in Queens.

“They [the Mets] said they had a spot to start. I’m here to be in that rotation and be out there every fifth day,” Wacha said Friday on a conference call after his signing became official. “So that’s my plan, that’s my mindset going into this offseason is preparing for that role. I think it’s a great fit. … I was just very excited about getting this deal done.”

The former Cardinals right-hander signed a one-year deal worth $3 million, with up to an additional $7 million possible in incentives. Wacha could earn the full $7 million by making 30 starts or relief appearances of three-plus innings, or up to $1 million with 55 relief appearances, according to The Post’s Ken Davidoff.

For now, however, Wacha said his focus is on starting and working in the offseason to make sure he can be healthy enough to do that. He…

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