Offseason New York Mets rumors involving Seth Lugo have been mum. The team seemed to move on from him quickly. Jon Heyman of the NY Post revealed on Sunday that there are two big rivals battling to sign him. Also, the Washington Nationals.
It would be something for Lugo to end up with the Los Angeles Dodgers or San Diego Padres. Lugo has battled with the Mets against the Dodgers plenty. The Padres were the ones to eliminate the Amazins from the postseason last year.
The Dodgers have already added former Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard to their rotation while the Padres seem to have lost more bidding wars than they have won. Will they, or the lowly Nationals, sign Lugo first?
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Curiously, Mets rumors about potential bullpen upgrades have been somewhat silent of late. And where their free agents have signed is surprising.
The Nationals already inked Trevor Williams to a deal. It does make sense. He can get a chance to start for them. Anyone who can give them innings is a welcomed face.
Maybe more surprising is to see Trevor May land with the Oakland Athletics. Who knew they planned to spend any money at all?
Williams and May never really made too much noise in the offseason Mets rumors. Neither did Lugo. The only reliever the team has seemed to have an interest in retaining is Adam Ottavino. Still very much available, the only concern we should have about him coming back to Queens is if the loser in the Lugo sweepstakes goes to him instead.
Lugo isn’t the same weapon he was earlier on in his career. However, the Dodgers and Padres may still view him as a potential swingman. Lugo won’t be able to do the kinds of things Williams did for the Mets last season or he did regularly for the ball club back in 2018-2019 when he was at his best. If prepared, the Dodgers and Padres do have an experienced arm to at least give them three or four innings at the start of a game.
As a fan of Lugo, it’s nice to see contenders showing an interest in him. Mets fans were treated to many excellent performances from him. Until he actually plays the Mets again, the Dodgers and Padres will have a new player we can root for. Maybe we’ll even cheer in silence if he does well with the Nationals.