With the Mets having acquired only Sean Gilmartin for their bullpen this offseason, they tripled the relief pitchers they have acquired bringing in two left-handed relievers, Jeremy Blevins from the Washington Nationals and Alex Torres from the San Diego Padres. With an uncertain bullpen, the team made two relatively cheap acquisitions, giving up utility outfielder Matt Den Dekker, as well as Minor League pitcher Corey Mazzoni.
This deal will hopefully help the team sure up the pen that will include Jeurys Familia and Jenry Mejia. But with the bullpen struggling this spring and with Vic Black and Bobby Parnell out, the Mets felt they could afford to bring in two extra pieces. Here is the look at the expectation for 2016 for these two pitchers:
Both are expected from the three ranking systems to be just about average pitchers, with Blevins containing slightly more upside. However, he was made expandable by the plethora of pitching options on the Washington Nationals roster, making them the perfect trading partner for the Mets.
While this trade won’t have any major impact, it will help a bullpen that for a while wasn’t sure whether or not it would have a left-handed reliever. However, at this rate it looks like there will be three to start the year. If for nothing else, Torres wears the protective hat that should provide entertainment to the fans and possibly a great promotion if the Mets are struggling to bring in fans to the ballpark (to put all joking aside, it at least has an extremely useful purpose in protecting his noggin).Next post: Trevor Cahill’s Groundball Conundrum
Previous post: 2015 Wild Four Tournament (Semi-Finals)