It was reported last night by Andy Martino of The Daily News that the Mets are willing to offer reliever Jerry Blevins a two-year deal. If this rumor is true, it seems likely that Blevins would re-sign with the Mets. The other teams linked to Blevins are very hesitant to offer him any more than a one-year deal.
I really hope that this rumor is true. I, like most Mets fans, really like Jerry Blevins. He has pitched very well during his tenure with the Mets after they traded outfielder Matt den Dekker for him prior to the 2015 season. Additionally, Blevins has been a very positive clubhouse influence.
While the Blue Jays, Dodgers, and Yankees have also expressed at least some interest in Blevins over the last month, none of these teams is willing to give Blevins a multi-year deal. If the Mets are truly willing to offer him a two-year deal, it seems likely that he would take it. Blevins could once again be a valuable piece of the Mets bullpen, possibly even as a setup man rather than just a lefty specialist.
If the Mets do end up signing Blevins, it will be interesting to see whether or not the team still pursues one more reliever. Potentially useful setup men still remaining on the free agent market include Sergio Romo, Fernando Salas, Joe Blanton, and Joe Smith. While these players wouldn’t necessarily cost a fortune, the Mets may be hesitant to sign these players if they have already signed Blevins. The team wants to save money. With Jay Bruce remaining on the roster, the Mets are more limited in their spending for the remainder of the off-season. The way the Mets act in approaching Blevins and the other relievers will likely determine just how much more money they are willing to spend.