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Sep 22, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) hits a game tying RBI single against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia Phillies catcher J.T. Realmuto (10) hits a game tying RBI single against the Washington Nationals in the sixth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 2, 2020; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher Brad Boxberger (33) throws against the Chicago Cubsduring the sixth inning in game two of a Wild Card playoff baseball game at Wrigley Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins – Brad Boxberger and/or Brandon Kintzler

Keeping up the trend with pitchers we have relief pitcher Brad Boxberger. Boxberger has quietly put together a pretty solid career over 9 years. He holds a 3.56 career ERA and 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings.

2019 was not kind to Boxberger as he struggled mightily, putting up a 5.40 ERA and a 1.575 WHIP in 26.2 innings.  He did bounce back nicely in 2020 posting a 3.00 ERA and a 1.389 WHIP in 18 innings. Boxberger could be a nice addition to a Mets bullpen that is possibly losing a handful of guys.

Up next on the Marlins, another relief pitcher in Brandon Kintzler. Just like his bullpen mate Boxberger, Kintzler has also put together a quietly nice career. In 11 years he has put together 3.31 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP, with less than 1 home run allowed per nine innings.

Kintzler has put together back-to-back solid seasons in 2019 and 2020. In 2019 he posted a 2.68 ERA and a 1.018 WHIP in 57 innings. His 2020 was just as good, with a 2.22 ERA, a 1.315 WHIP, and 12 saves for Miami.

Kintzler does have a team option for $4M for the 2021 season which should be picked up, but if it is not Kintzler could be on the Mets radar to help sure up the bullpen. Even if the Marlins do pick up his option it is still worth calling to see what it would take to land him.

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