Mets: Low end free agent signings that can add depth to the 2020 roster
Reunions with Recent Mets
Jerry Blevins – Second Lefty Reliever
Another familiar face, pitching with the Mets from late 2015 to 2018, I think Jerry Blevins would be a solid addition to the 2020 bullpen. Blevins was solid in 2019 with the Braves as his 3.90 ERA / 1.268 WHIP would indicate and if you look at career numbers, you can be comfortable knowing what he is going to provide you with his consistency.
With the Mets also needing another southpaw, it looks like Blevins would be a good fit as the second lefty coming out of the pen for the 2020 Mets. I think he could be had for a minimal 1 year MLB contract.
Wilmer Flores – Backup Infielder/Pinch Hitter
One of my favorites Mets player ever, I do hope the Mets front office looks to have a reunion with Wilmer Flores in 2020. Looking at his 2019 stats, he can still rake, as his .317/.361/.487 slash line would indicate. Also, as we know from his days of the Mets, Flores has the ability to play all four infield positions.
Yes, he is not a good fielder at any of those positions but does provide another right-handed power bat which can be useful when needing a DH against lefties in Interleague away games and coming off the bench late in games. I am sure Wilmer would be excited to come back to Flushing and could be had on a minimal 1 year MLB contract.
Matt Harvey – Pitching Depth
I know most people will think I am crazy, but I think we have not seen the last of this former Met. Not sure what happened to him, going from one of the best up and coming pitchers in the league to being so inept over the past four years. I think one of several problems with Matt Harvey was he let all of his early success and go to his head.
So after losing to Bane (The NY Pressure) in The Dark Knight Rises (2016 NY Mets Season) and four years of bouncing around from the Reds, Angels, and Athletics, Harvey should have now been humbled to the point that he is finally ready to start putting in the hard work needed to get back to being a successful major league pitcher again.
But with all that being said, I think he should look to rebuild himself as a reliever. If the Dark Knight can get back to throwing 95+ with his fastball, and changes it up with his good curveball, I think he can be converted into a hard-throwing setup man coming out of the pen for the rest of his career.
All he needs is a chance and I think he can be had for a minor league contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
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Who do you think would be a solid low-end free agent signing that makes sense and could provide depth for 2020?