With the addition of Trevor May, the Mets have a ton of righthanded options to fill out the bullpen. With all those lefties, the Mets have just one LH reliever on their 40 man: Daniel Zamora.
While Zamora has shown flashes in his short stint in the majors, he is more depth rather than a main lefty in the pen. So at least one lefty is needed. In my opinion, one trustful lefty able to see thru the 3 batter limit and to me there are two main options:
Brad Hand: The biggest and best one is Brad Hand. Hand was non tendered by the Indians early in the off-season and no team picked up his $10M option. Hand was terrific in Cleveland over the last three seasons, pitching to a 2.78 ERA over 107 innings. Over his career he has become a trustful arm since his move the pen. As a reliever he had a sub 3 ERA and 11.4K/9. Also Hand has been terrific against lefties holding them to a .187/.258/.294 slash line over his career. A lefty who is dominant against the lefties and solid against the RHders is exactly what the Mets need.
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Justin Wilson: Re-signing Justin Wilson is another option for me. Wilson was one of the most trusted arms in the Mets pen and doesn’t allow much hard contact consistently. The solid lefty pitched to a 2.91 ERA in his two year deal with the Mets, making his deal a well worth one. Wilson has actually been better in his career against RHB’s using his terrific cutter most of the time. However, his numbers against lefties are also solid and an opposing hitter could have more troubles against the lefty pitcher. Wilson, like Hand, is still an option with the three batter minimum and we know he did really well in the Orange & Blue.
Both of these guys would take our pen to the next level. Lefties who can get hitters from both sides out, it makes them a clear set up men, instead of just being specialists. Can you imagine a bullpen with Diaz, Lugo, May and Hand/Wilson? That paired with the talent of Betances, Familia, Brach who in this pen don’t have the most important spots? They can try to rebound with some less pressure?
This sounds good to me!
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