Aaron Loup signs a two-year $14.5 million-dollar deal with the Mets
An argument can be made in favor of Aaron Loup being the best reliever in baseball. He had one of the best seasons for a reliever in franchise history. Loup went 6-0 with a 0.95 ERA in 56.2 innings pitched.
When the Mets first signed Loup I was disappointed. I did not think he was the right guy in a division that has guys like Bryce Harper, Freddie Freeman, and Juan Soto. It turned out to be the best deal in the offseason overall.
Loup was absolutely dominant, especially against left-handed hitters. They had just two extra-base hits off of Loup and posted a .440 OPS in 93 plate appearances.
Not only was he a lefty specialist, but Loup served as an opener twice and got more than three outs six times. He allowed just one run in the second half, a home run to National League MVP finalist Juan Soto.
The 33-year-old was as good as the Mets could’ve ever imagined and will undoubtedly have a lot of potential suitors in free agency.
Loup has said multiple times that he enjoyed his time with the Mets and would love to re-sign so the Mets must try their best to keep him.
With that being said, I would not go beyond two years. Overall, I think paying relievers a lot of money for a lot of years is never a good move as they are extremely volatile. You never really know what you’re going to get unless they’re Mariano Rivera.
I feel comfortable committing to two seasons to Loup and hope he can come close to what he did this past season. I believe the Mets will get it done.