According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Mets are expressing interest in free agent relievers Joe Smith, Sergio Romo, and Jerry Blevins. In addition to these players, other free agent pitchers that the Mets have expressed interest in this off-season include Boone Logan, Craig Breslow, and Fernando Salas. According to sources close to the agents of the lefty specialists Logan and Blevins, they may be able to ink deals similar to the 2-year, $12 million contract Antonio Bastardo received from the Mets last off-season.
I feel that signing Blevins is a top priority for the Mets. The Mets need another lefty that can get out Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy, and Freddie Freeman late in games. Blevins also showed the ability last season to get right-handed hitters out, allowing for him to possibly be a good fit to pitch the 7th or 8th inning. There is mutual interest of a reunion between Blevins and the Mets. For a contract similar to what they gave Bastardo, I feel that is a very good deal for the Mets.
Along with Blevins, I feel the Mets should add either Sergio Romo or Fernando Salas. Romo can make for a very good set-up man for Reed. Salas pitched very well for the Mets after they traded for him. The one issue that concerns me regarding Salas is that he had a tendency to give up homers last season, even with the Mets. As for Romo, while there is concern that he tends to blow big games, this usually comes from when he has to close games. He performs very well as a set-up man, and I feel he could be a great fit for the 7th inning upon Familia’s return from his inevitable suspension.
I feel that the Mets interest in Logan and Breslow is more of a safety net if they are unable to sign Blevins. While both are very good lefty-specialists, I would much rather have Jerry Blevins than Boone Logan or Craig Breslow. The interest in Joe Smith may be for the Mets to find a cheaper bullpen solution. Over the last two seasons, his numbers have diminished. This regression is a worrying sign for teams looking for good shut-down relievers.
While the Mets have said that they want to save money at this point, I feel it is imperative that they spend a little more on a couple of relievers for the remainder of the off-season. Hopefully, they can reach an agreement with Jerry Blevins. After Blevins, I would be very happy if they went with Romo or Salas over Joe Smith. This would fill up the holes that are currently in the bullpen. With a strong bullpen to go along with this powerful starting rotation, the Mets would have the potential of reaching, and perhaps even winning, the World Series in 2017.