Seth Lugo would need Mother Theresa in her prime to avoid an appearance on the IL to start the 2021 season. The New York Mets reliever will undergo surgery this week, leaving the team with some questions in the bullpen. Fortunately, some recent offseason Mets rumors could provide some insight into what the team does next.
According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets have engaged with reliever Justin Wilson in talks of a reunion. Wilson is a familiar name with Mets fans. He pitched for the Amazins over the past two seasons.
At 6-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 58.2 relief innings, it makes a whole lot of sense for New York to snatch him up quickly from the free agent market. Unfortunately for Mets fans, it could be the New York Yankees who actually do end up with the lefty. Let the battle commence!
Lugo’s injury should create other Mets rumors involving relievers
Wilson has been a guy many Mets fans have been curious about all winter long. As one of the most trusted relievers during the past two seasons, it’s interesting to see the Mets wait until mid-February to begin serious talks with the veteran southpaw.
Mets rumors this winter have been limited in regards to adding to the bullpen. They signed Trevor May and Aaron Loup without many leaks. There were some Mets rumors involving Liam Hendriks and Brad Hand but each ended up signing elsewhere.
The free agent market is much lighter in just about every department—including relievers. Other recent Mets rumors have suggested the team’s focus is on upgrading at third base and possibly adding a starting pitcher.
Losing Lugo for any significant amount of time could force the team to pivot temporarily. I have a tough time believing Wilson wouldn’t look at the Mets as a decent landing spot. He was successful with them and even a one-year deal could be appealing especially now with one of the team’s top relievers out and a big role in the bullpen seemingly open.
The last deal Wilson signed with the Mets was a little over two years ago when he agreed to a two-year contract worth $10 million. It wouldn’t be insane to give him an equal contract although I’m sure he would sign for less.
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The Mets have done a wonderful job this offseason upgrading their offense, locking down their rotation, and providing the fans with hope. They have some great depth from top to bottom. There’s no doubt adding Wilson into the mix would help us all feel a little more encouraged especially when considering how much of a wild card some other members of the bullpen may be.