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Luis Avilan

The New York Mets signed Luis Avilán to a minor league deal this offseason with an invitation to spring training. Although since he is on a minor league deal, it is not a given that Avilán will make the team out of spring training, the veteran lefty has a good chance due to his experience.

You can never go wrong with having more than one left-handed pitcher in the bullpen, and unless the Mets sign someone else in free agency, Avilán may be one of their best choices outside of Zamora. Avilán, the 8-year veteran spent a lot of time in the NL East during his time with the Atlanta Braves and was on the 2017 National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers team.

In 2018, he started the season with the Chicago White Sox before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and went 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 45.1 innings pitched. Last season he held left-handed batters to a .250 average and right-handed batters to an average of .111. He also has a career HR/9 Inning ratio of 0.44 and a career 3.09 ERA.

Although he may not be the reliever many fans wanted with free agency being so deep in relievers this year, he does offer a veteran leadership that could be brought to the bullpen. Another lefty in the bullpen is a necessity and a veteran coach to younger lefties like Zamora would not hurt either. It’s safe to pencil Avilán in due to the experience he can bring.