10) Trevor May
Signing Trevor May is certainly not the flashiest of moves the Mets can make, but I do believe this bullpen can use some help in the back end. I am a believer in Edwin Diaz and think he should be the closer next season. However, the Mets bullpen has a ton of question marks.
Will Seth Lugo be in the rotation or in the bullpen? It’s too early to tell. Can you trust guys like Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia to be the pitchers they were a couple of years ago? I say no. I think May can provide a big boost to the back end of this bullpen, as he has consistently been very solid the last three years in Minnesota.
What I really like about May is his stuff. He’s got a fastball that averaged 96.4 mph this year, and really good breaking pitches as well. This stuff translated into 14.7 K/9 this year, and 10.5 K/9 in his career. May is good at keeping the ball in the ballpark, and also limiting walks. Two things the Mets bullpen has struggled with the last number of years.
May is 31, and I think the Mets can sign him to a two or three-year deal, and he would produce for the entirety of his contract. He’s certainly cheaper than other available options like Liam Hendriks. While he may not be as good as Hendriks, he’s a very solid reliever who is very worthy of serious consideration this winter.