The New York Mets could still use some help in the bullpen. Which under the radar relief arms should they look at?
Coming off of a 77-85 season, New York Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has been making a lot of big moves in an attempt to put a legitimate contender on the field next season.
One of the biggest areas the Mets needed to address this off-season was the bullpen. Last season, Mets reliever’s combined ERA was an abysmal 4.96, good enough for 28th best in the league in 2018.
To their credit, the Mets have done a lot already to address this problem. As part of a blockbuster trade with the Seattle Mariners, they acquired the services of All-Star reliever Edwin Diaz, a 24-year-old closer who lead the league in saves last season with 57.
Last week, they also resigned former closer Jeurys Familia to a 3 year $30 million deal. Familia spent the first seven season’s of his career with the Mets before he was traded Oakland in July last season. Familia served as closer from 2015-2018 and set the Mets single-season saves record of 51 back in 2016.
With Diaz as closer next season and Familia serving as the setup man for him in the eighth inning, along with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo joining them in the pen next season, a bullpen which was possibly their weakest link last season could turn out to be one of their strengths going into next year.
Despite their big moves this offseason, there are still do remain a few spots left to fill in the bullpen, and since the Mets have already invested a lot of money into it this off-season, along with taking on Robinson Cano‘s contract and signing Wilson Ramos to a 2 year deal, they may be finished signing big name talent.
While player’s like Andrew Miller and Adam Ottavino still remain on the market, they are most likely going to have a bigger price tag, and with many other suitors vying for their services, at this point, it may be unrealistic for the Mets to sign them this off-season as well.
With that said, there is still a wealth of quality relievers on the market whom I believe could still be effective, and would be well within their now limited price range.
These six under the radar free agent relievers could be well within the price range of what the Mets are looking for.