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3 relief pitcher trades to replace Drew Smith's roster spot

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3) NY Mets trade target to replace Drew Smith on the roster: Joe Jimenez

Another Tigers reliever who might find his way in Queens in the next couple of days is Joe Jimenez. He's not a household name, but is a guy who's finally broken out this season for the Tigers. Jimenez is a guy who was once thought of as a closer, but has settled into a set up role this season.

The 27 year old has gone 3-0 with a 3.08 ERA in 41 appearances this season. While Fulmer thrives on soft contact, Jimenez is a strikeout artist. He's struck out 12.3/9 this season and 11.2/9 in his six year career.

Jimenez's big issue in years past is his inability to consistently throw strikes, but he's figured that out this season. He's walked 1.9 batters per nine this season after walking an absurd 6.9 per nine last season and 3.7 in his career.

JImenez has allowed just three home runs this season. That number to go along with the low walks and high strikeout numbers have made him a very high quality arm that a contender would be fortunate to acquire. His 2.04 FIP suggests he's even gotten a bit unlucky this season.

Jimenez has an extra year of control after this one so his price will be higher than Fulmer and Robertson, but it'd be worth it. With most of the Mets bullpen entering free agency after the season, it honestly might be preferred.

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