Tony Sipp – LHP
Here’s another lefty that the Mets should take a look at.
Tony Sipp began his career back in 2008 with the Cleveland Indians. He spent the first 4 years of his major league career in Cleveland before being traded to the Diamondbacks prior to the 2013 season.
He was designated for assignment by Arizona in August of that year and signed a minor league contract with the Padres the following off-season, but failed to make the major league roster. He went on to sign with the Houston Astros in May of 2014, and he has remained with the team ever since.
Overall, for his career, Sipp has a lifetime ERA of 3.67, which he has compiled over 580 games, totaling 482.2 innings
As a relief pitcher, Sipp has been some what of a late bloomer. After having a few up and down seasons earlier in his career, Sipp just enjoyed the best season of his career, recording a career low ERA of 1.86, appearing in 54 games over 38.2 innings.
While he’ll be 35 years old going into next season, Sipp has proven that age doesn’t necessarily determine productivity, and he could be a useful piece for the Mets if they were to sign him for next season.
A player like Sipp could fill the role of a left-handed specialist, pitching primarily against big left hitting bats, where at the moment are plentiful in the NL East division.
However, I would be hesitant to give him a long-term deal. Despite posting career best numbers last season, Sipp does have an inconsistent track record. As recently as the 2017 season, the year the Astros won the World Series, Sipp had a career high 5.79 ERA and was left off of the Post Season roster.
Since he proved last year that he can perform at a high level, I believe if the Mets were to sign him, it should be on a short-term deal. I feel that he could be a solid addition to the bullpen, but I wouldn’t bank on him replicating his success from 2018.