3) Wandy Peralta
This is a good one. Wandy Peralta has been around the league since 2016 but it wasn’t until the last few seasons when he became a deadline bullpen weapon. Following a strong 2020 season with the San Francisco Giants in 2020, he struggled early in 2021 and was eventually traded to the Yankees midseason. Well, it turned out to be a fantastic move.
In parts of three seasons with the Yankees, Peralta went 10-9 with a 2.82 ERA. Did I mention he’s a lefty? Pair him alongside Brooks Raley in the Mets bullpen and suddenly we feel a lot better about the relievers this team has.
Peralta isn’t perfect. He walked batters at a rate of 5 per 9 last year. The number of home runs he gave up were way up from the prior season, too. Yet somehow he gave up the exact same number of runs in only slightly fewer innings.
A 5.05 FIP from last season is a warning sign, but games aren’t won or lost on projected statistics. Peralta managed to play the escape artist for the Yankees last season. On the Mets, he’d be their second lefty reliever anyway. They could do much worse. They could always invite Joely Rodriguez back. No, thank you.