It’s the offseason and predictions for where free agents sign are flowing. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the New York Mets will add two relievers from the top 50.
Every year, the experts at MLB Trade Rumors put out a list of where they predict the top free agents will land. On last year’s list, they correctly predicted the New York Mets would sign Todd Frazier. Nobody else from their top 50 was delegated to the Mets.
Fast forward to the present and there are now two names on the list linked to your favorite ball club. While this is almost purely an educated guess and not based on actual rumors, both players are a fit in Flushing.
Relief pitcher David Robertson is the number 19 free agent on their list and someone they could use. MLB Trade Rumors has predicted he’ll sign a three-year deal worth $33 million to stay in New York, but switch boroughs.
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Robertson’s age, 34 in 2019, may scare some Mets fans. However, a career 2.88 ERA in the American League mostly with the New York Yankees should at least get you a little excited. The only season in his entire career where he had an ERA over 3.82 was in his rookie campaign.
If the Mets did sign him, I would have to believe he becomes the closer. He does have the experience, taking on the role during his time with the Chicago White Sox. He also did the job well with the Yankees in 2014 prior to his first trip through free agency.
To find the other top 50 free agent they predict signs with Brodie Van Wagenen, scroll down to number 34. That’s where you will find yet another relief pitcher, Joakim Soria. In some ways similar to Robertson with his past history as a closer, he’s more of a setup man these days. He does, however, have the exact same career ERA as Robertson at 2.88. Spooky, huh?
Soria may only sniff the opportunity to close. Since 2011, he has been a closer for some bad teams, often traded midseason where he takes on the same role Jeurys Familia did last year with the Oakland Athletics. He didn’t do too well when this happened last year when he went from the White Sox to the Milwaukee Brewers. Considering this is the same path Anthony Swarzak followed in 2017, I’m sure superstitious fans would rather they stay away.
At a projected two-year deal worth $18 million, Soria is a riskier move. Robertson has been far more consistent in recent years and would offer the Mets more.
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Just because the Mets are only tagged to two relievers doesn’t mean this is all they will get. It’s realistic, though. A bullpen is what they need most.