After resigning Cespedes, the Mets’ next biggest need has been bullpen reinforcement(s). Many expected the Mets to trade for one ultimately sending away Jay Bruce. Now that that has been thrown out of the picture, the next bet is to look at the free agent market where there are a number of valuable relievers.
Among FA relievers whom #Mets are considering, per sources: Sergio Romo and Joe Smith. And of course, Jerry Blevins. Looking at all of ‘em.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 26, 2017
Romo has spent 9 seasons with the Giants where he has consistently been a solid relief pitcher; for his career, he has posted a 2.58 ERA and 10.2 SO/9. He even has a fair amount of experience as a closer. This could prove to have some value to the Mets if Familia does get suspended at all. His postseason career has had its up and down moments, but his overall stats show to be steady with a 3.09 ERA.
Ah, yes the former Met. Smith began his career in New York and has since then seen time in Cleveland, Anaheim, and most recently, the World Series champions of Chicago. When he ends a game receiving a decision, he has consistently provided his teams with a great number of wins posting a career 41-28 record. Also with a career 2.93 ERA, he could provide the Mets with some much needed middle relief.
Blevins has proven to be a valuable asset to the Mets throughout his brief stay with the team. Not only has he been a reliable lefty specialist for them, but he has been effective against right handed batters as well: RHB’s career batting average against him is .182, while LHB’s average is .255.
Sandy Alderson is clearly looking to make a move before the season gets rolling, and it would be wise of him to do so as soon as possible.