Joakim Soria is looking for three years in the $27m range
The Mets want to retool their bullpen and create a lockdown formula before getting the ball to Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning.
It stands to reason, as in five games in the World Series, the Mets bullpen gave up 24 earned runs in 51 1/3 innings, allowing 47 hits and 17 walks while blowing all three save opportunities they had, arguably costing them a World Championship in 2015.
With the likely departure of Tyler Clippard this winter, the Mets are expressing interest in signing RHP Joakim Soria this winter, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.
Soria, 31, was traded from the Tigers to the Pirates ahead of the trade deadline in 2015, meaning he is not tied to compensation in the 2016 draft. He was solid for the Tigers in 43 games before being traded, going 3-1 with a 2.85 ERA with 23 saves, allowing only 32 hits and 11 walks with 36 strikeouts in 41 innings. But as Mark Melancon’s setup man in Pittsburgh, Soria had a 2.03 ERA in 29 games, allowing only 23 hits and eight walks with 28 strikeouts in 26 2/3 innings.
Adding someone like Soria would give the Mets three right-handed pitchers in their bullpen capable of closing. That could be significant, as Familia was arguably overworked in his first season as the club’s closer, and having flexibility in the ninth inning would unquestionably allow them to spread the wealth as needed.
Soria is looking for a deal in the range of three years and $27 million, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
Having said that, the Mets signing Soria is unlikely, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, as he should be able to sign as a full-time closer for another team.
And, if Soria does indeed prefer to close, he could use that as leverage against the Mets or other teams looking at him as a setup man.
It’s possible Soria could wait for Darren O’Day to sign first, who is reportedly seeking a four-year deal of similar dollars. That could help establish Soria’s market while making him the top reliever available when O’Day is off the board.