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Mets: Five under the radar relievers to look at in free agency

DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 03: Pitcher Greg Holland #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates the last out in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - MAY 03: Pitcher Greg Holland #56 of the Arizona Diamondbacks celebrates the last out in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 03, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 04: Arodys Vizcaino #38 of the Atlanta Braves pitches in the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on April 4, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Arodys Vizcaino

Unlike the first two entries on this list, Arodys Vizcaino is a bit younger, and in my opinion, still has several good years of baseball left to play, provided he is fully recovered from his injured labrum he underwent surgery for last season.

A power pitcher whose fastball touches 100 mph, Vizcaino was a fixture in the Atlanta Braves’ bullpen from 2015 to early 2019 and had a few stints as a closer for the club over that stretch.

A lifetime ERA of 3.01, Vizcaino was always a solid hand out of the bullpen for the Braves, and while he never became the elite closer they thought he could be, there was no doubt that he had the talent to be one if he could improve his control.

Unfortunately, his career with the Braves came to an end in early April of last season due to injury, and he was later traded to the Seattle Mariners along with Jason Biddle as a salary off-set in a trade for former Met Anthony Swarzak.

The Mariners declined to bring back Vizcaino for the 2020 season, making him a free agent for the first time in his career.

Since he is coming off of an injury, the likelihood is that Vizcaino will be looking for a one year deal to prove he can still perform consistently at the Major League level, and then get a larger deal the following offseason.

Not many relievers on the market this off-season have an arm like Vizcaino, and even if he does still have some control issues and is coming off of a missed season, the Braves clearly saw a lot in him and if given the chance, I could easily see him serving as the set up man for the Mets in 2020.

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