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Mets Offseason: Relief pitcher options still available on the market

By Joseph Romano
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Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is a name that the Mets have had a strong link to throughout this early offseason. He can tout four consecutive seasons of pure dominance, producing stellar ERA’s each campaign only having one breach the 2.00 mark with a sizeable 2.04 in 2015.

Miller has worked both as a closer and a set-up man for competitive teams, namely the Indians and Yankees. His sensational playoff run in 2016 is the true gem on his stellar resume, as he almost willed Cleveland to their first World Series victory since 1948.

A likely contract for Miller would be in the area of three years and $27 million. However, Miller’s innings totals and lackluster numbers during his injury-plagued final season in Cleveland may cause trepidation among potential suitors. Therefore, the Mets must proceed with caution, as there is some risk.

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As ever, there is a risk in any free agent signing and a reunion with Mickey Callaway could do wonders for the veteran lefty. This signing would be a logical one, but it would not be without hazard.

Adam Ottavino

Adam Ottavino is an excellent reliever and had a spectacular season in a contract year to his delight last season. He always had this potential, but he finally was able to put it all together last season. He was deployed as a weapon in the middle of Colorado’s bullpen, posting an ERA on 2.43 and recording 112 strikeouts in just over 77 innings.

The former Rockie does not tout the same lengthy resume as either Britton and Miller. He can, however, offer a rather fresh arm for a 33-year old and if he truly turned a corner his contract can be a great investment.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, Ottavino is slated to receive a contract of three years for a total of $30 million. Such a deal would be a great get for any team because of the factors that were outlined earlier. He is a pitcher that should absolutely be in the conversation for the Mets.

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