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New York Mets: Four free agents worth a spring training invite

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 31: Arodys Vizcaino #38 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on May 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - MAY 31: Arodys Vizcaino #38 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during the ninth inning against the Washington Nationals at SunTrust Park on May 31, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Daniel Shirey/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

A familiar face to Mets fans, Arodys Vizcaino first began his MLB career way back in 2011 with the Atlanta Braves at the age of 20.

He had a cup of coffee with the Cubs in 2014 before being dealt back to Atlanta prior to the 2015 season, where he became a stable of their bullpen for several seasons.

He tore his labrum early in the 2019 season and was traded to the Seattle Mariners while he recovered, however, he never made an appearance for the team and is now a free agent for the first time in his career.

A power pitcher whose fastball touches 100 mph, and a lifetime ERA of 3.01, Vizcaino was always a solid hand out of the bullpen for the Braves. 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.

Now at 29 years old, I’m of the opinion that Vizcaino still has a few good years of baseball left in him, and with his natural talent as a pitcher, it would behoove the Mets to take advantage of this opportunity and invite him to Spring Training.

As stated, he missed last season recovering from a labrum injury so he may not be 100% healthy, but on a minor league deal, it would be a low risk, high reward signing.

Best case scenario, he regains his old form and could be an asset for the Mets in 2020, but if he’s not fully recovered, New York could give him the option to rehab in Triple-A until he’s ready to try to return to the majors.

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