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Mets: Three areas Brodie Van Wagenen must address at the Winter Meetings

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Fix the Bullpen

Adding Diaz as the closer went a long way toward building a better Mets bullpen in 2019. He’s hardly the finishing touch. He’s the last man in a line that should include at least two more additions this winter.

The only two guys from last year’s bullpen I think any of us trust are Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman. Some aren’t even too keen on putting much faith in the latter.

The way I see it, the Mets need at least two more arms added to the relief corps. Specifically, they need to shop for a lefty and a righty.

A major target to fill the left-handed need is Andrew Miller. The free agent southpaw is more than a left-handed specialist. I’ll leave that duty to Daniel Zamora in 2019. If he fails, let’s throw it out altogether.

Miller is more than your typical lefty. He’s a multi-inning threat the Mets could use in a variety of ways. Alternatively, they could look at Zach Britton as a potential option.

From the right side, the Mets have several options from free agency. Some of the best include Adam Ottavino and David Robertson. Despite seeing the worst of him, we may also want to include Jeurys Familia in this group albeit to a lesser extent. I believe Familia will search for a closer job out there and eventually settle on a setup role as he had with the Oakland Athletics late in 2018.

Whoever it is the Mets do sign, it’s important the Winter Meetings end with some better generals ready to provide some cavalry relief.