Will the Mets keep Trevor Williams and/or Brad Hand?
As previously stated, Williams can do a lot for the Mets and do it cheaply. It’s his actual talent we can question most. However, given how poorly their attempt to build starting pitching depth this season went, I think the odds are in favor of Williams returning next year.
It also doesn’t hurt him that this front office regime did make a trade for him. People can be petty about things like this. They want to move on quickly from what other general managers did and wear out the additions they made. This is simply an added bonus for anyone willing to lay down some serious coin on Williams’ future—something I would highly recommend you not do. That’s degenerate behavior.
So, Williams is coming back. In exactly what role, I’m not quite sure. Preferably, his minor league options are used and he is an experienced depth piece.
Moving onto Hand.
Hand is a free agent after this year concludes and someone Sandy Alderson wanted badly enough when he was first available last October/November that I could see the Mets giving him another opportunity. But the question comes into what his desired role will be.
Hand was good enough was the Nationals closer to get another shot at it with a bad team in 2022. Why wouldn’t someone take a risk on him if they know the possibility of trading him at the deadline for talent exists? Some of the hottest names at the trade deadline every year come from bad team’s bullpens. It’s not unreasonable to believe one of the league’s lesser teams signs him to become their closer with a clear plan in place to trade him if things go sideways.
I hope you didn’t purchase a Mets jersey with Hand’s name on it. Like betting on Williams’ future, it’s a bad investment. Hand will not return to the Mets in 2022.
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What do you think lies ahead for these two Mets pitchers?