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New York Mets: Examining ten relievers they received in recent trades

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CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29: Jacob Rhame #35 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field on August 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The New York Mets won 10-3. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 29: Jacob Rhame #35 of the New York Mets pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the ninth inning at Wrigley Field on August 29, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The New York Mets won 10-3. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)
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Jamie Callahan

Jamie Callahan is another piece from the Red Sox acquired for Addison Reed in 2017. Probably the most polished of the three relievers to come over, some expected an immediate impact from the big righty.

That impact was weak and short-lived. After pitching a few mediocre innings in 2017, Callahan threw just 8.1 innings and gave up 9 earned runs (9.72 ERA) for Triple-A in 2018 before injuring his shoulder and missing the rest of the season.

Callahan throws mid to high-90’s with basically no adequate secondary pitches. So, his floor was about as high as his ceiling. In other words, what you see is what you get with Callahan.

In somewhat of a surprising decision, Callahan elected free agency upon being outrighted to Triple-A Las Vegas in early November of this year. Assuming he is not re-signed, he’ll be the only pitcher on this list not competing for a job with the 2019 Mets.

Eric Hanhold

Eric Hanhold was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers for Neil Walker in 2017. He injured his left oblique muscle in late September but is expected to fully heal and compete for a spot come spring training in February.

Hanhold threw 25.1 innings, gave up 8 earned runs (2.84 ERA), fanned 32, and collected 8 saves for Double-A Binghamton in 2018. As a September call-up, he failed to impress. He only threw 2.1 innings but gave up 2 earned runs (7.71 ERA) in the process.

Hanhold is a right-handed pitcher with a decent fastball that sits mid to high-90’s with life. He pairs this with a formidable slider and a changeup that lags behind. Given that he is just a reliever, a hard fastball and slider combination is all he’ll really need in order to be successful.

Expect to see Hanhold called up in 2019 or even as a spring training contender for an opening day bullpen spot given his high ceiling.

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