In their bullpen, the Mets have Jeurys Familia, Addison Reed, Erik Goeddel, Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin, Jerry Blevins, Jenrry Mejia, Josh Edgin, Carlos Torres, and Logan Verrett under control this winter, with Familia, Torres and Edgin going to arbitration for the first time.
They’ve also signed Buddy Carlyle and Jim Henderson to minor league deals, giving them some extra depth from the right side in 2016.
But one of the Mets goals this winter is 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.
In the process, the Royals outscored the Mets 15-to-1 in the seventh inning and later in the World Series. The Royals had eight extra-base hits, the Mets had none.
But so far this winter, the Mets have seemed reluctant to buy into the top tiers of the relief market thanks to their unwillingness to sign anyone to a multi-year deal to this point. But given how the market for relievers has evolved and the buyers in the market placing a premium on relievers, the Mets might have to eventually consider a multi-year deal to a reliever if they wish to achieve their goal of creating a dominant bullpen.
The last multi-year contract Sandy Alderson’s front office gave to a reliever was Frank Francisco when they signed him to a two-year, $12 million contract following the 2011 season.
Here is a look at five of the remaining right-handed relievers on the market, and whether or not they might fit the Mets… (more…)