Trevor May went 7-3 with a 3.59 ERA for the New York Mets in year one of his two-year deal. Taking home $7.75 million in each of the two seasons he signed, May was a high-leverage addition the Mets successfully added to their bullpen last offseason. Alongside Aaron Loup, the Mets seemed to have their pulse on what the bullpen needed most with these two signings.
May wasn’t exactly “lights out” for the Mets in year number one but he also shouldn’t be regarded as a poor signing either. Compared to teammate Jeurys Familia and the results he gave the club (plus the rather large salary for a non-closer), the deal with May seems even sweeter.
In 2022, we’ll need to hope he can do it all over again. We should also hold out some hope that the Mets can repeat the process and find another free agent reliever to add to the roster.
The Mets need a repeat from Trevor May and a repeat from themselves
The current outlook for the 2022 Mets bullpen is quite promising. I like it. They have options and a couple of guys coming off of good years. Miguel Castro was a decent early innings eater. Drew Smith has a chance to join guys like May and Seth Lugo for more important work later on in the game.
What’s missing is a lefty. Everyone sees it. It’s like a tear in the crotch of your jeans. There’s no way to completely hide it. Your only solution is to put on something else—or in this case, sign someone!
Free agency is where I expect the Mets to turn for a solution. They actually didn’t miss out on too many options. Andrew Chafin and his legendary mustache remain unsigned. The other top lefty free agent option to consider is a devil we already know, Brad Hand. At least one of them needs to be on the Mets Opening Day roster.
It’s not impossible for the team to target some righties as well. However, given the state of the handedness everyone already throws with, southpaws should be the focus.
Can they do it again? Can May have a repeat or even better season in 2022?
I understand if there are those out there feeling pessimistic. The bullpen has been a Greek tragedy in many of the last several seasons. In 2021, it was more well-put-together. Players had their roles and additions like May paid off.
Let’s see if there’s a rerun on the schedule.