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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Ali Sanchez #74 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 21: Ali Sanchez #74 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Daniel Zamora #73 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch in the eighth inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Daniel Zamora

As of now, the Mets look to go into Spring Training with only one left-handed relief pitcher, Justin Wilson, with the rest of the pen composed of righties.

Having a good left-handed specialist is important for any contending team, especially in the NL East, as the Mets have to play left-handed power bats like Freddie Freeman, Bryce Harper, and Juan Soto on a regular basis.

There are a few free agents that the team could bring in, such as Tony Sipp or our old friend Jerry Blevins, but they have a few in-house options as well, with the top option being Daniel Zamora.

Zamora has already had some big league experience, having first been called up in late 2018, where he logged a 3.00 ERA over 16 appearances. He was called up again in 2019 as an injury replacement, however, to varied success. He ended the year with 5.19 ERA as a member of the Mets.

He did perform better with Triple-A Syracuse and currently in the Dominican Winter League, has a 1.93 ERA in 10 outings for what that’s worth.

Additionally, despite his mixed ERA, he has a high strikeout rate in his MLB career, averaging 12.3 Ks per 9 innings. This hopefully shows some promise of better days ahead.

It is highly unlikely that the Mets will last the entire season relying on just one southpaw out of the bullpen. If they need another one, Zamora should definitely be in the mix, and with a strong showing in Spring Training, could force his way into their plans.

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