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New York Mets closer options to consider for the 2019 MLB season

BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox looks for the catcher's sign against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - JULY 29: Craig Kimbrel #46 of the Boston Red Sox looks for the catcher's sign against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Fenway Park on July 29, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) /
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Free Agency

Free agency offers an abundance of experienced closers. This could help the Mets out big time if they choose to spend on the market.

Cody Allen

Until 2018, Cody Allen was one of the best closers in baseball. A rough year probably did a little damage to his free agent stock. However, he should still earn himself a fine payday.

Perhaps the best chance at acquiring Allen is the fact that Mets manager Mickey Callaway worked with him for several years. The two know each other from Callaway’s days with the Cleveland Indians as the pitching coach. During those seasons, Allen was at the top of his game.

Regardless of how poorly he has pitched in 2018, Allen’s track-record is enough to save the Mets from completely dismissing him as an option.

Zach Britton

Much like Allen, Zach Britton has been one of the more impressive closers in the last decade. Though his dominance was somewhat short-lived, during his peak no one was better.

Health has been a concern for Britton as is a steady decline. The 2018 season wasn’t nearly as productive as his best years with the Baltimore Orioles.

Britton may be too far removed from the closer role for the Mets to put him at the top of their list. However, others could think this way, too. If so, maybe a bargain can help them land a guy who had a 0.54 ERA only two seasons ago.

Jeurys Familia

Would a reunion with Jeurys Familia get you excited? I doubt it’s what Mets fans want to see.

Familia is easily one of the better closers the Mets have employed in the franchise’s history. His brilliance on the mound did lose some luster from bad playoff experiences. Nevertheless, familiarity with Familia could bring him back to Queens.

Personally, I would prefer to see some new blood. I also think the Mets will give me what I want. As much as they seem to enjoy bringing back some players, he’s one they must move on from.

Craig Kimbrel

The best closer available this winter is Craig Kimbrel. Often an All-Star, Cy Young competitor, and leader in many pitching categories, he’s the cream of the crop.

Through his first nine big league seasons, Kimbrel has an ERA below 2.00. He’s striking out batters at a rate of almost 15 per nine innings, giving him that edge over other pitchers in any situation.

Obviously, the price tag associated with Kimbrel may put him out of reach for the Mets. Everyone with money to spend this winter and a need at the back of the bullpen should get on the phone with Kimbrel’s agent. Hopefully, the Mets shock us and reach out.

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