Black Friday is upon us. For some, that means racing to Walmart at ridiculously early times and doing anything to take advantage of the sales. For others, it means watching videos of those people getting their butts whooped on Twitter while ordering the same things for the same price online. For the New York Mets, it means trying to get the most value out of a trade or free agent signing.
4) The Mets should be interested in Michael Lorenzen as a potential two-way player.
Lorenzen is coming off of a down year in 2021, posting an ERA of 5.59 in 29 innings. However, he did have some bad luck, indicated by his FIP being almost a run and a half lower at 4.17.
The righty came up as a starter so he’s capable of throwing a lot of innings from the bullpen. He also features a starter's arsenal of five pitches, featuring a firm fastball in the high 90’s, a cutter in the low 90’s, and three off speed pitches.
He also played the outfield for the Reds, seeing most of his time in center field. He has a .710 OPS with seven home runs in his career. Lorenzen is a tremendous athlete, listed at a lean 6'3" and 217 pounds.
Lorenzen is 30 and coming off of a down year with an injury, so he shouldn’t be too expensive. He could be signed as a long reliever or setup guy, neither of which is going to come with the premium cost of a closer. Given that he is also athletic enough to play center field and hit a little bit, he could be a heist. The Mets don't have a lot of depth at relief pitcher, so this is an area of need.