Mets power rankings: 5 most important free agent fits

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4) NY Mets Power Ranking: Free agent relief pitcher Alex Reyes

Former St. Louis Cardinals closer Alex Reyes was surprisingly non-tendered a contract this winter after having another injury-riddled campaign in 2022, but the upside that Reyes's right arm possesses is tantalizing. Reyes is still only 28 years old and would be an interesting low-risk high-upside signing for a Mets bullpen undergoing a complete overhaul.

While Reyes is coming off of a torn labrum injury that cost him the 2022 season, he is only one season removed from logging 29 saves to go along with a 3.24 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 72.1 innings back in 2021. Reyes also possesses a fastball that clocks in around 97 MPH and a devastating slider. Both of those weapons led Reyes to strike out 30% of the hitters he had faced during his All-Star campaign in 2021 as well as batters hitting a lowly .176 batting average against him as well.

While I assume Reyes and his agent are most likely going to put on a pitching showcase for interested clubs this winter, he certainly will be looking at an incentive-laden deal from interested organizations due to his health concerns in the past. Reyes has a very low floor due to his injury history, but his ceiling is sky-high and the Mets could afford to take a gamble on a reliever like Reyes to compete for a late-inning role in their bullpen.

The Toronto Blue Jays are the only team that has shown public interest in signing Reyes to this point, but that will all change as many teams get a feel for his medicals as well as a potential showcase. Alex Reyes will be an interesting name to watch this winter and the Mets should be among the teams interested as they completely reconstruct their bullpen this winter.

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