The Mets are lacking left-handed arms in the bullpen and could use a quality arm like Alex Claudio
Most Mets fans agree that Chasen Shreve should’ve been tendered a contract. I personally would’ve rather had Shreve than say a Robert Gsellman, but here we are. Additionally, there’s plenty of arms that could’ve been added to this list like John Brebbia, Matt Wisler, or a reunion with former Met, Hansel Robles. However, the Mets need another lefty in the bullpen. As the roster stands today, the only left-hander that isn’t a starter is Daniel Zamora.
Alex Claudio spent five seasons with the Texas Rangers before being traded to Milwaukee in 2018 and then eventually resigning with Brewers in 2019. Over seven seasons, lefties have hit .202 against Claudio with an OPS under .600.
The last three seasons have seen Claudio post an ERA over four, with a career-high of 4.48 coming in 2018. That being said, before 2018, Claudio had four consecutive seasons with an ERA under three. Another ground ball pitcher, Claudio owns a career ground ball percentage of almost 61%, which as a reliever could provide useful.
Also encouraging is the fact that Claudio’s strikeout percentage has climbed consecutively over the last three years. Combine that with a historically low walk rate outside of last season and there’s silver lining that suggests that Claudio could possibly rebound and be a nice find.
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Given the success against lefties, it might be worth the Mets exploring a deal to bring Claudio to Flushing to add left-handed depth to the bullpen.