Mets: An unforeseen triple threat out of the bullpen worth bringing back
Chasen Shreve came to the Mets on a minor league contract this past offseason after never really finding his footing with the St. Louis Cardinals last season. To say the results have been more than the Mets could have expected would be an understatement, as it can be argued that Shreve has been the most valuable piece out of the Mets bullpen this season. The 30-year old southpaw is on track to have the lowest ERA of his career and has done most of his work with multiple inning appearances.
Shreve’s strikeouts per nine innings this season are currently on track to be the highest of his career and his batting average of balls in play is the lowest of his career as well. You could possibly attribute those numbers to his average four-seam fastball velocity being almost two MPH higher than it was last season at 92.1 with his split-finger velocity also coming in almost two MPH higher as well at 83.9 MPH.
Plain and simple Shreve has improved his game all around and has made himself some money this offseason. It would make total sense for the Mets to re-sign Shreve this offseason as one of their main left-handed options out of the bullpen, especially with a fellow southpaw in Justin Wilson hitting the open market as well.
Shreve is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter before becoming a free agent in 2022. With the way Shreve has pitched for the Mets this season, you can fully expect him to return to the Mets bullpen next spring.