2) Easy NY Mets roster decision: Buyout Mychal Givens on his 2023 option
Another bad trade deadline addition made by Eppler can be corrected this offseason. Relief pitcher Mychal Givens was 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA for the team in 20.2 innings of work. As with any reliever, a bad appearance or two can completely ruin his numbers in such a small sample.
Givens does have a mutual option for next season. Rather than pick it up and hope for the best, the Mets should move on and buy him out for $1.5 million.
It’s not completely outrageous to believe Givens could turn things around for the better next year. He has been successful with multiple teams over the years including the Baltimore Orioles early on when Buck Showalter first got to know him.
When the Mets first acquired him, Givens was 6-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 40.2 innings of work for the Chicago Cubs. It wasn’t a bad move. Many fans did question it when he was the lone addition Eppler made to the bullpen.
There are tons of decisions the Mets have to make in regards to their bullpen this offseason. Bringing Givens back doesn’t seem like a wise one. Even at an affordable rate, the gamble on someone who we haven’t seen yet in blue and orange is better to take than someone we’ve already seen struggle with this ball club.