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Mets Offseason Needs: Three lesser-talked about upgrades for the Amazins

MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 18: Justin Wilson #38 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - AUGUST 18: Justin Wilson #38 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on August 18, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – AUGUST 25: Chasen Shreve #47 of the New York Mets in action against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on August 25, 2020 in New York City. Miami Marlins defeated the New York Mets 3-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Mets Need A Lefty Bullpen Stud

The best thing about 2020 has been how the bullpen has performed. It hasn’t been legendarily awesome yet it seems to feel that way based on how the last three years have gone.

The Mets have multiple members of their relief corps headed to free agency. My guess is we will also see at least one dig his heels in and become a starter in 2021. Here’s looking at you, Seth Lugo.

Something the roster will need this offseason is a left-handed reliever. Justin Wilson is a free agent after 2020. His performance and age suggest it’s time to part ways and thank him for his services. Chasen Shreve is a candidate to return, but I feel as if the Mets need a little more than faith in him.

Fortunately, with the three-batter minimum rule the era of the lefty-specialist is not much of a concern anymore. Even if those drove Jerry Blevins out of the league, it’s one less worry for roster building because you need your relievers to get everyone out not just the fellow customers you spot at Ned Flanders’ Leftorium.

Unlike past years when it’s important to look at the splits, the Mets need to simply find a good left-handed thrower for their bullpen. They may already have him here. It all depends on what they plan to do with Steven Matz. Clearly on the outskirts of the starting rotation, could Matz’s final year with the team involve a rebrand?

I believe we’ll talk a lot more about the Mets’ bullpen needs once the season actually ends. Until then, let’s hope for the best with what they already have.

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