Right handed reliever Jeremy Jeffress caught a pink slip by the Milwaukee Brewers on the first of September during the 2019 campaign. Jeffress was in the midst of having one of his worst career years after posting an ERA of 5.02 in 48 games and struck out 46 batters in 52.0 innings pitched.
The Mets may be able to capitalize from the reliever’s down year and potentially buy-in at a cheap cost and make it a low-risk/high-reward situation. After all, Jeffress isn’t a complete wash by any stretch of the imagination. The righty is coming off of a 2018 season in which he made the National League All-Star team and pitched to a 1.29 ERA in 73 games while striking out 89 batters in 76.2 innings pitched.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers as the 16th overall pick in the 2006 June Amateur Draft, Jeffress would find himself pitching for the Brewers in three separate occasions throughout his 10-year career. The Virginia native was finishing out a contract at the end of 2019 before being designated for assignment, a two-year pact that was worth $4.9MM.
While mid-season acquisition Brad Brach did decently when wearing the Orange & Blue, with the potential departure of the relief pitcher Brach, Jeremy Jeffress would surely fill an obvious and gaping hole in the pen.
The 32 year old owns a career 28-11 record with a 3.16 ERA in 392 games and has struck out 370 batters in 401.0 innings. With his days of closing games far behind him, Jeffress has racked up 44 saves in his current 10-year career.
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