New York Mets: Simulating the offseason

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Bringing in two more relievers

In theory, four pitchers are locked into roles in the bullpen next year for the New York Mets. Edwin Diaz is going to remain as the Mets closer. Seth Lugo will likely remain as the fireman. Robert Gsellman was solid, and just as importantly, is not eligible for arbitration just yet. And Justin Wilson is the only lefty that is really worth noticing.

So, even though we spent a combined $9 million, the bullpen was a target. Depth was desperately needed if the Mets were going to look to contend in 2020. We were looking for another possible setup man, and another lefty reliever to fill out the bullpen.

First, we ended up signing a pitcher that is very familiar with New York in Dellin Betances. For years, he had been one of the premier setup men in the game, one of the top strikeout pitchers in the majors. However, last year, he faced all of two batters, as he missed most of the season with shoulder issues and tore his Achilles in his one outing. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training, which led to a one year deal worth $5.5 million – a bargain if he can return to the type of pitcher he had been.

Then, we added another left handed reliever in Jake Diekman, signing him to a two year deal worth a total of $3.5 million. His overall numbers were not special, as he posted a 4.65 ERA and a 1.419 WHiP, walking 39 batters in 62 innings. However, he also struck out 84 batters and held lefties to a .224/.362/.294 batting line over 105 plate appearances. As a middle relief option, he would be a second solid lefty in the bullpen.

With those two signings and the earlier trade, the New York Mets bullpen should be formidable. Now, to turn our attention elsewhere.