2) NY Mets prediction: Adam Ottavino signs somewhere else, Billy Eppler finds an alternative
Mets free agent Adam Ottavino is going to end up somewhere else. Someone will be willing to guarantee him two years. The Mets won’t bite. He’ll find a cozy home in some contender’s bullpen while Billy Eppler looks elsewhere for a setup man.
Instead of Ottavino, the Mets will sign someone else to a one-year deal. It’s going to be a guy we’re probably not even thinking of yet.
Chris Martin is one reliever similar to Ottavino. He’s the same age and might be more willing to accept a one-year deal given his performance last season. Like Ottavino when he was signed to the Mets, it doesn’t sound like such a satisfying addition. I think he could end up impressing us.
This doesn’t eliminate the Mets from adding at least one of Taylor Rogers or Andrew Chafin. I believe they will. The Mets cannot possibly for a second straight offseason head into Opening Day without at least one trustworthy southpaw in the bullpen.
There’s plenty of work left to do in the relief corps. There are long-term and short-term options for the Mets to consider. A trade could always catch us off guard, too. The Mets will find at least one solution in December. Otherwise, the well is going to dry up very quickly and they may need to summon you from the stands to eat a few innings.