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Mets non-roster invitees fighting for an Opening Day roster spot

WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 08: The The New Era cap, Rawlings glove and Nike sunglasses of Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets in the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches on March 8, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
WEST PALM BEACH, FL - MARCH 08: The The New Era cap, Rawlings glove and Nike sunglasses of Jay Bruce #19 of the New York Mets in the dugout during a spring training game against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ball Park of the Palm Beaches on March 8, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 06: Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets in action against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on August 6, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Reds 6-4. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Jerry Blevins

A name already familiar to many Mets fans, Jerry Blevins spent four years in New York from 2015-2018 as one of team’s primary southpaws out of the bullpen.

Over his tenure in New York, Blevins appeared in a total of 229 games, logging a 3.38 ERA over 138.2 innings of work.

Since departing the Mets, Blevins went onto join the Oakland Athletics the following year, however, they opted him to AAA and eventually traded him to the Atlanta Braves, whom he spent the remainder of season with, helping to lead the team to the NL East Pennant.

Blevins signed with the San Francisco Giants on a minor league deal for the 2020 season, however, he was released in March before the start of the year, and he remained unsigned for the remainder of the year.

Back with the Mets on a minor league deal as a non-roster invitee, Jerry is trying to make the case that he can still contribute to a major league team at age 37.

As of now, the Mets appear to only have one south paw set as a part of the bullpen in Aaron Loup, as fellow left hander Joey Luchessi looks to be slated to open 2021 as the 5th man in the rotation.

Given the abundance of power hitting left handed hitters in the NL East, the Mets bullpen surely needs at least 2 southpaws, so there is definitely room for someone like Blevins on the roster.

So far this spring, Jerry has appeared in 3 games, logging a 3.00 ERA over 3 innings. While granted, this is a small sample size, if he performs consistently over the final few weeks, he may be the Mets’ best option to begin the year.

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