Mets in the market for set-up man; unlikely to sign O’Day, Soria
While Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed proved to be very effective relievers this past season, the Mets are still in need for bullpen help as they enter the offseason.
According to ESPN’s Adam Rubin, the team “very much” wants to add a top-tier set-up man this Winter to pair with those two.
A pair of names that do not appear to be in the cards, however, are free agent relievers Darren O’Day and Joakim Soria, Rubin reports.
While both are incredibly effective and either would make a tremendous fit for the Mets bullpen, both could very well land closing jobs with other teams this offseason, which would command closer’s money–a price the Mets do not appear overall opined to meet.
Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia will likely make a combined $8-10M through arbitration next season.
It appears unlikely that the Mets would extend a contract offer to Tyler Clippard, who is expected by some to get a three-year deal, and the other free agent bullpen arms on the market are lackluster, so this may be an area that the team improves on via the trade market.