So after acquiring 67 minor league relievers during the second half of this 2017 season, Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that the Mets are looking to add a veteran reliever to the mix to bolster the Mets bullpen.
Former Met Addison Reed could possibly be on top of the list alongside the likes of Wade Davis, Jake McGee, Pat Neshek, Juan Nicasio, Anthony Swarzak, & Brandon Kintzler.
While a portion of the relievers the Mets received back from the trades that took place, are in the lower minors with a couple closer to being called up over some of the rest. However, by next years time, a few of those relievers should be in AA to start the year out, meaning if they perform & get a call up to AAA, they’ll be on the brink of make some major league debuts.
So I’m not sure it makes sense to go after a Reed or Davis with multi-year deals when it’s more cost efficient to find a veteran arm for the pen like a Salas (But Dear Lord, Not Salas himself) to plug a hole for 3-4 months while pitching in low leverage situations. Then bring up a top reliever in the system while have 6 years of control over his professional career.
It’s not ideal but the Mets do have A.J. Ramos for the time being & need to spend money else where right now. Third base very well may also be a priority & it’ll be very interesting to see how the Mets handle their CF situation or if they address a Conforto replacement.
But that’s another story.