3 offseason additions we should already be concerned about
3) NY Mets fans feeling cautious about Brooks Raley aren’t wrong
Diaz wasn’t the only Mets pitcher to suffer an injury during the WBC. Brooks Raley, who had planned to represent the United States, exited before action began. It’s probably for the best. The Mets cannot afford to be without their lone lefty in the bullpen.
Unlike Quintana and Pham, the Mets had to make a trade to acquire Raley. He was brought over from the Tampa Bay Rays in a swap to provide them with what we remain hopeful is a big upgrade to the bullpen. Following last year’s absence of any reliable lefty reliable, having him available throughout the season feels like a must for the Mets.
Concerns about Raley may be unwarranted but with no appearances for the team since dropping out of the WBC, one has to wonder if the team is being cautious or if the injury is something more serious.
The Mets don’t have too many places they can turn with Raley out. Their left-handed reliever depth is weak. Signing Zack Britton isn’t exactly the most exhilarating addition for them to make. Plenty of right-handed relievers can get the job done against lefty but that lack of balance remains concerning.
Left with no answers at the moment about Raley’s status, it’s the waiting game Mets fans are enduring with him raising concerns.