The Mets added Trevor May to reinforce their bullpen, but adding another reliever is something the Mets should look to do this offseason
This winter has certainly brought some surprises and the non-tender deadline continued that trend when Archie Bradley was not tendered a contract by the Cincinnati Reds. While the Mets are certainly in need of some left-handed arms in the pen, adding Bradley should be a move management makes in the coming weeks.
Traded to the midwest from Arizona, Bradley had excellent numbers in 2020. Between the two teams, the right-hander posted an ERA of 2.95 and accompanied that with a stellar 2.59 FIP. He also racked up 18 strikeouts over the 18 innings he pitched while compiling six saves and two wins.
You also may know Bradley from his historic triple in the National League Wild Card game in 2017. With the DH looming in the NL, you’re probably not going to get a repeat of this:
If you’re sheepish on Bradley’s numbers over 18 innings, you can look to his 2019 season and see the quality he carriers. In a full season with the Diamondbacks in 2019, he put together a 3.52 ERA over 71.2 innings pitched and also had a career-high K/9 ratio that almost neared 11 (10.93). His walk rate and FIP were up that year, but he was worth a 1.2 fWAR and was probably a victim of a slightly abnormal BABIP.
With a ground ball rate of nearly 50%, Bradley’s stuff lends itself to a ballpark like Citi Field. While better served as a middle reliever, Bradley has shown the ability to close games if needed as he’s registered 28 career saves, 18 of which came in ’19.
With the Mets looking to create depth by adding quality arms to their bullpen, Bradley would be a great grab this offseason.