As the New York Mets continue to round out their offseason, the bullpen has become an area that could be dominant with the right acquisitions
When the New York Mets signed Trevor May to a two-year deal, most people considered it a solid move to start the otherwise sluggish offseason. As quick as the ink dried on the contract, fans and experts alike turned their speculations to other areas of the roster the team would look to improve and understandably so.
Yet, while Mets fans are clamoring for new general manager Jared Porter to bring George Springer and/or Trevor Bauer to Queens next season, it would be a wise decision to add another top bullpen arm to their wishlist.
The sport has changed over the last decades with more and more teams building out their pitching to shorten the length of the game with loaded bullpens. For the Mets, handing the ball from their starting pitcher to a group that contains Trevor May, Seth Lugo, and Edwin Diaz is a luxury very few in the game have been afforded.
It’s a twist in the narrative as. in recent seasons, the Mets have been plagued by shaky bullpen arms. It took a very long and painful time for Diaz to figure out how to pitch in New York. Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia were shells of themselves. The only saving grace the last two years has been Lugo’s gradual dominance.
The Mets certainly have other pressing needs, but it would be an emphatic punctuation if they were to sign another reliever, effectively giving them what could easily been assessed as a “super-pen”. With the front office and the fans setting their eyes on October baseball, the Mets could set themselves up as a series contender by bolstering the bullpen.
Here are the top five free agent relief pitchers the Mets should look to sign this winter.