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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Mets Rumors: Mets Looking To Bolster Bullpen

Image result for bryan shaw Mets Rumors: Mets Looking To Bolster Bullpen

The Mets are shopping to add arms to the bullpen. Mike Puma of the NY Post says the Mets are looking for arms that new Mets manager Mickey Callaway has worked with in the past. So in that, the Mets seem to be looking to pluck some of the former arms he had on the Cleveland Indians like free agents Bryan Shaw and Joe Smith.

Other options the Mets seem interested in are Mike Minor and Addison Reed, who pitched for the Mets before getting traded to the Red Sox.

One proven reliever is imperative to add to the bullpen which will feature Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins in the late innings next season. But Ideally, general manager Sandy Alderson who has spoken about his desire to limit many of his starting pitcher's exposure to two times through the batting order, so that would require adding two bullpen arms.

Shaw, 30, is a workhorse — he led the AL in appearances three of the last four seasons — and would give the Mets flexibility in the seventh and eighth innings. The right-hander went 4-6 with a 3.52 ERA and 1.213 WHIP in 79 appearances last season for the Indians, where Callaway was the pitching coach.

Smith, who previously pitched for the Mets, is highly regarded by team brass and would probably require a lesser commitment in terms of dollars and contract length. But there is some belief the veteran righty, an Ohio native, might prefer to remain with the Indians, even for less than market value, to stay anchored to his roots.

In 59 appearances last season, split between the Blue Jays and Indians, the 33-year-old Smith went 3-0 with a 3.33 ERA and 1.037 WHIP. The Mets previously had interest in Smith at the trade deadline in 2016.

Minor is a top lefty option, whose ties to new pitching coach Dave Eiland add to his luster. Minor went 6-6 with a 2.55 ERA and 1.017 WHIP last season for the Royals, with Eiland as the pitching coach.

Rookie Paul Sewald who last year provided help in small doses could help them in 2018, but the Mets were largely disappointed by a cast that included free-agent bust Fernando Salas, Hansel Robles, Josh Smoker and Erik Goeddel. So changes are a must for 2018.

Mets Notes: The Mets signed outfielder Zach Borenstein to a minor league contract and invited him to spring training. Borenstein, 27, spent last season at Triple-A for the Diamondbacks.

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