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Mets: Seven under-the-radar free agents for them to consider

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07: Greg Holland #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on August 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 07: Greg Holland #56 of the Washington Nationals pitches in the seventh inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park on August 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Hector Santiago – LHP

Hector Santiago, 30, is a left-handed pitcher who spent last season with the Chicago White Sox. He finished the season with a 4.41 ERA over 102.0 innings spanning over 49 appearances (7 starts).

A former starter who has transitioned to a reliever, in his 42 relief appearances last season, Santiago pitched 69.2 innings with a 3.62 ERA and a pair of saves. Additionally, he posted a 1.15 ERA in August and a 1.98 ERA in September of last year.

Santiago may still have several bright years ahead of him as a reliever, and for the Mets, he could be a valuable reliever going into next season. He’s far from a top free agent available this year. However, at the right price, the Mets may get the southpaw their bullpen needs.

Josh Harrison – 2B/3B/OF

Josh Harrison spent eight years with the Pittsburg Pirates and proved to be a versatile player over that time. The two-time All-Star spent much of 2018 injured as he only appeared in 97 games, where he batted .250 with a .297 OBP.

While those aren’t exactly All-Star statistics, Harrison has experience playing all over the field at second base, third base, and the corner outfield positions.

Even at this point in his career, Harrison could be a solid right-handed bat coming off the bench and a quality utility player who could provide insurance in case of injury or if one of the younger players regress. His dust-up with Asdrubal Cabrera last summer showed us a fiery side of Harrison. There’s no doubt he could bring some new energy to the locker room in 2019.

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