The New York Mets were able to add veteran lefty Justin Wilson to the roster this offseason. What’s the best and worst that could happen in 2019?
One of the main goals for the New York Mets this past offseason was to improve the bullpen. After making a trade for the 2018 American League reliever of the year Edwin Diaz and bringing back Jeurys Familia, the Mets were rather quiet in the relief market until they signed left-handed pitcher Justin Wilson.
For quite some time the Mets have been linked to Wilson as the offseason progressed. They needed another reliable lefty in the bullpen and Wilson has been a rather consistent one through his career. It seemed inevitable for Wilson to join the Amazins.
Wilson gives the Mets the experience they need as the Amazins were ready to hand the ball off to other relievers who had stints with the team last year. Diaz, Familia, Robert Gsellman, and Seth Lugo all seem to be locks for the bullpen in 2019. Adding Wilson means the Mets don’t have to put so much pressure onto young relievers like Daniel Zamora.
With Wilson being signed to a two-year contract it is almost a guarantee that he will be in the bullpen at the start of the season. Leaving only two spots open going into Spring Training, if the Mets decide to carry the traditional seven relievers.
If used right, Wilson has proved he could be one of the more reliable options amongst left-handed relievers and the Mets hope to take full advantage of having him for the next two years.
Before the year begins, it’s worth reviewing the best and worst case scenarios for him in the coming season.