Where will Trevor May sign and for how much?

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As the New York Mets look to build their bullpen around closer Edwin Diaz this winter, there are currently many members of last season's bullpen who are out on the free agent market looking for new contracts including right-handed reliever Trevor May.

The 33-year-old May wrapped up a two-year $15.5 million deal with the Mets that he originally signed back in 2020, and he is now on the market looking for a home in 2023 and possibly beyond. It may not be as deep of a market for May as it was two off-seasons ago. His 2022 season was most likely not what he had envisioned happening as he dealt with some inconsistency as well as injuries that affected him from seeing the type of results he had back in 2021.

The Mets will have a decision make on whether to bring back Trevor May as a member of the bullpen in 2023.

After posting a 3.59 ERA out of the bullpen in 2021, May only wound up making 26 appearances for the Mets last season and posted a rough 5.04 ERA to go along with a 1.440 WHIP. To his credit though over his last 18 appearances in the second half he did post a 3.24 ERA with a 25/6 strikeout-to-walk ratio and a 1.200 WHIP. Those numbers helped balance out the ugly 8.64 ERA he had over his first 8 appearances before hitting the injured list due to a triceps injury in the month of May (no pun intended).

The total numbers from last season are clearly an outlier from the previous four seasons he's had with both the Mets and the Minnesota Twins, and he seemed to be righting the ship after getting healthy late in the season. It's a shame that he had the rough year he had during his walk year as right now he may be looking at a shorter-term prove-it deal this winter to rehab his value after the down campaign he had.

When looking at the market for May there are no teams currently that have demonstrated any public interest in him, including his former team the New York Mets. However, Arizona Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen had hinted at looking at signing relievers with power arms that are coming back from injurythis offseason, and if I had to put money on it, that is one team I would keep an eye on in regards to potentially making a move to acquire May.

When it comes to predicting May's landing spot for 2023, I don't believe it's going to be back in Queens, as I firmly suspect the Mets are going to overhaul their relief corps completely with fresh faces this offseason. I predict May is going to land himself a one-year $4 million deal with a player option for a second year, and that deal is going to come from the arch-rival Philadelphia Phillies.

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