One of the locks of the Mets 2019 bullpen will be their new closer, Edwin Diaz. Diaz was acquired from the Mariners this offseason in a trade that also included All-Star infielder Robinson Cano.
Diaz led MLB in saves last season with a total of 57 and finished the year with an ERA of 1.96. 2018 was definitely a breakout season for the young righty and will have to prove it was no fluke as he transitions to National League.
Diaz led the American League in strikeouts with a total of 124 and only trailed Josh Hader for the MLB lead (143). Lots of eyes will be on Diaz as many questions if he can handle the pressure of being in New York, and of course with the Mets giving up some talented prospects to get him, fans hope he will be worth it.
Another name set in stone for the bullpen will be the returning Jeurys Familia. With Brodie Van Wagenen trying to develop a strong bullpen in 2019 he decided to bring back the former Mets closer on a 3 year deal worth 30 million dollars in the offseason.
Familia will serve as the primary set up man to Diaz, a role that Familia had after the Mets traded him last year to the Oakland Athletics and did well during his time in that role. Familia also is familiar with the pressure that comes with New York and can help guide Diaz in his first year with the team.
Familia is third on the Mets all-time saves list with a total 123. Although he will not be the primary closer it’s’ hard to believe he won’t get some save chances to add to that total. Familia has been one the Mets more consistent relievers over the years and has the potential to cement himself as one of the best.