Reuniting with former players is often a topic fans discuss in the offseason or whenever a familiar name loses his job. Sports fans have a connection to the people who wear their team's laundry. Like every offseason, the New York Mets could be a match to bring back some familiar faces.
Reunions have mixed results. Round two of Jose Reyes got ugly. Bringing back Jay Bruce was unnecessary. The same for Todd Frazier and Jeurys Familia.
There are some reunions that work well even if the player isn't quite as good. Tom Seaver came back to the Mets. Rusty Staub had a return and so did Dave Kingman. Even Lee Mazzilli found his way back to the Mets just in time to celebrate in 1986.
Because the team subtracted so much this year, the pool of candidates that could return to Citi Field and wear home whites is larger than usual. Not everyone is a perfect match for them. In terms of likelihood, one seems plausible, one doesn't, and a third looks like he's somewhere in between.
Expect the Mets to try reuniting with David Robertson
Nobody is a better fit for the Mets bullpen than David Robertson. He's a righty who has a history of handling himself well against lefties. He more than proved himself for the Mets this year while replacing Edwin Diaz as the team's closer. It was never the intended role when they signed him for the 2023 season but the safety net added to the roster just in case. The “just in case” happened sooner than anyone could’ve anticipated.
Robertson vocalized his desire to stay with the Mets only to become one of several pieces traded at the deadline. Will he harbor ill-will? Robertson knows the game is a business and mutual interest should be there. The man who traded him away is gone anyway.
There's no deep dive needed into the role Robertson would have. He'd once again be here in a setup role and hopefully share those duties alongside Adam Ottavino and Brooks Raley. In case of emergency, the Mets can break the glass again and call upon him to save games.
Robertson coming back to the Mets seems plausible as long as the money is right and they can prove they plan to be competitive. Next season could be his last. Surely he'll want a chance to go out a champion.