NY Mets: 10 best free agents for Steve Cohen to buy this winter

Zachary Rotman
Sep 22, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 22, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 22, 2020; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Justin Wilson (38) pitches against the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

8) Justin Wilson

I have really liked what Justin Wilson has brought to this Mets team the last couple of years. He’s been their high leverage left handed reliever, who’s gotten some big outs. While Seth Lugo was the main focal point of the 2019 bullpen during the Mets resurgence in the second half, Wilson was just as dominant. He helped the Mets win games on the days Lugo was not available.

I believe that instead of shelling out more money on a different lefty like a Brad Hand, the Mets should re-sign Justin Wilson. In his two seasons as a Met, Wilson has a 3.26 ERA in 68 appearances. Yes, his 2019 was shortened due to injury but he stayed healthy this year and was very solid in his two seasons in Queens. Over his nine-year career, Wilson has gone 32-22 with a 3.27 ERA. He’s pitched 429.1 innings in 481 appearances. That’s a very long and successful track record.

I believe in every bullpen there should be at least two left handed relievers. After this season, Chasen Shreve should be one of them, and I think Justin Wilson should be the other. The 33-year-old still has plenty in the tank and I think the Mets should give him a one or two-year deal this offseason. Again, in a bullpen which has a bunch of guys who are erratic, it’s imperative you hold onto the guys you have a very strong feeling will be productive. And I have seen nothing over his two years as a Met that tell me he won’t be productive for another one or two more years.

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