Mets Rumors: Free agent Jeremy Jeffress on the radar for September help
By Tim Boyle
Early September New York Mets rumors have named recently released reliever Jeremy Jeffress as a possible bullpen piece the team has interest in adding.
For most of 2019, the story has been about how poor the New York Mets bullpen has performed. Recently, this has returned to the forefront with some devastating losses over the last few weeks in large part because of their infectiveness. According to recent Mets rumors, help could be on the way.
Recently released relief pitcher Jeremy Jeffress is someone the Mets reportedly have interest in. According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, these September Mets rumors could bring the former All-Star to Flushing.
However, unlike so many other important deals down the stretch of the season, Jeffress would not be postseason eligible. Because he was not with the team before September 1, Jeffress would be unavailable to play in the playoffs. That doesn’t mean he can’t help the Mets get there.
More from Rising Apple
- NY Mets News: Marcus Stroman sees “potential fit” with the Angels
- NY Mets were too “seek” and not enough “destroy” last winter
- NY Mets: 1 trade target to consider from each 100-loss team
- NY Mets: Top 12 free agents the team should look to sign this winter
- NY Mets: Jeff Wilpon’s legacy continues to plague the Amazins
In 2018, Jeffress had a 1.29 ERA for the Milwaukee Brewers in 76.2 innings pitched. He also saved 15 games for them. For the last several seasons, he has been a productive major league pitching with several stops in Milwaukee since his debut.
Unfortunately for Jeffress, he didn’t have such a good time in 2019. His 5.02 ERA led to a release. With no deal guaranteed for 2020, the Brewers decided to cut bait and let Jeffress go. Now, teams like the Mets are looking at him as a possible solution to their bullpen woes.
Mets rumors aren’t the only ones to mention Jeffress. The Philadelphia Phillies and Cincinnati Reds have also shown interest according to Puma. Why the Reds? It’s because Jeffress is hoping to get a deal with a guarantee for 2020. Smart move by him.
The Mets have already gone out and added a few released veterans this summer. Joe Panik filled in at second base admirably during Robinson Cano’s absence. Brad Brach didn’t have the same luck when he joined the team’s floundering bullpen.
With a 40-man roster, the Mets can afford to take more risks like this. If a contract for 2020 is something Jeffress demands, I don’t see it happening.
The Mets already have enough pitchers who were good in 2018 and bad in 2019. They don’t need another Edwin Diaz or Jeurys Familia.
Want your voice heard? Join the Rising Apple team!
As intriguing as it would be to add an All-Star reliever, I can’t help but think this year is a wash for Jeffress. Though we may see his or other names appear in future Mets rumors, he’s not really going to fix what ails this team.