The New York Mets are in the process of revamping their beleaguered bullpen from the last few seasons. Who’s still out there?
The New York Mets are arranging their roster around a strength of starting pitching. A great compliment to this is a strong defense and a solid, reliable bullpen. The first portion is currently in the process of being addressed.
The Mets have been reported to have a strong tie to J.T. Realmuto, as well as expressing interest in A.J. Pollock and Adam Jones. Realmuto would provide a sturdy presence behind the plate, he has a multitude of pitcher-friendly metrics. He sports a great deal of athleticism and has the best caught-stealing percentage.
Along with the potential of an outfielder such as Pollock or Jones, the Mets will be constructing a roster that emphasizes pitching and defense. A major portion of the pitching staff is the bullpen, which the Mets have already vastly improved with the addition of Edwin Diaz, a star closer.
Here are some tempting options at the pinnacle of the relief market, who the Mets can add to the bullpen alongside Diaz and either Jeurys Familia or Robert Gsellman for a daunting triumvirate to close out games.
Zach Britton is an excellent reliever that features a heavy sinker, causing some to draw comparisons of attempting to hit a pitched bowling ball. This is a testament to Britton’s supreme ability to induce poor and weak contact. He will be an asset to any organization and his age of 30 makes him one of the younger options on this list.
However, his services will certainly not come at a bargain, someone will have to be willing to spend a good deal to acquire his services.
Some have projected a price tag of three years and $33 million, as a baseline contract for Britton. This seems a bit low in years and money, as he could very well cost up to four years and $54 million.
The Mets should pursue Britton as his cutter and sinker are a very nice compliment to Diaz’s blazing fastball and wicked slider. It would be very understandable if the Mets deemed this price to be too high and save a bit, in years and cash. They could then reinvest this money in one of the other of the plethora of free agent relievers.