The Mets signed energy reliever Trevor Might on Tuesday, as first reported by SNY’s Andy Martino, including an elite arm to the again finish of their bullpen for the subsequent two seasons.
In Might, the Mets get a 31-year-old who options the most effective fastballs in baseball, struck out 14.6 batters per 9 in 2020, and has been superb (and at occasions overpowering) since getting back from Tommy John surgical procedure through the 2018 season.
Together with Edwin Diaz and maybe Seth Lugo (way more on him beneath), Might may assist type a three-headed monster on the finish of video games for the Mets.
With Might’s arrival come questions on Lugo’s function, the destiny of a few of the different relievers already on the 40-man roster, and what the Mets’ offseason will seem like from right here.
Let’s dive in…
The Seth Lugo query
Whereas the addition of Might theoretically makes it simpler for the Mets to make use of Lugo within the beginning rotation — the place they nonetheless have two large holes — that might be the fallacious transfer.
Lugo has confirmed to be an elite reliever whose worth is immense due partly to his capacity to usually pitch multiple inning per look.
In 2020, Lugo had a 6.15 ERA and 1.51 WHIP as a starter whereas permitting batters to slug .556. Within the pen, he had a 2.61 ERA and 0.96 WHIP whereas permitting batters to slug simply .342.
his profession splits because the pattern in 2020 is so small, Lugo has a 4.35 ERA and 1.33 WHIP in 194.2 IP as a starter and a 2.53 ERA and 0.95 WHIP in 188.2 IP in reduction.
Is it doable Lugo ultimately finds it within the rotation? Certain. And is it simpler to slip a pitcher who’s already stretched out again to the bullpen versus the opposite manner round? Yep.
However the Mets might be setting themselves up for failure in 2021 in the event that they relied on Lugo as one in every of their 5 starters as an alternative of as a part of a probably dominant again of the bullpen with Diaz and Might.
What does this imply for some bubble bullpen arms?
If Lugo is a reliever this coming season, he might be a part of a bullpen that features Diaz, Might, Jeurys Familia, and Dellin Betances.
The Mets additionally not too long ago signed hard-throwing Sam McWilliams to an enormous league deal, so it is honest to imagine he has an inside observe at a spot within the bullpen. There’s additionally Brad Brach, who opted in to his deal for 2021.
Assuming the Mets carry eight relievers, that would go away just one spot for a gaggle that features Jacob Barnes, Miguel Castro, Robert Gsellman, and Chasen Shreve (if the latter two are tendered a contract).
Ultimately, a roster crunch is coming within the ‘pen.
Is the bullpen set?
Even though the Mets’ 40-man roster is crowded with relievers, they actually may benefit from including a left-hander who can dominate lefties (although the brand new three-batter rule and the crossover capacity of a few of their relievers makes it much less vital) and maybe one other late-inning arm.
Whereas Diaz rebounded in an enormous manner in 2020 and the Mets ought to count on extra of the identical, it is by no means sensible to easily depend on that occuring. Neither is it sensible to financial institution on Diaz, Lugo, and Might all getting via the season wholesome.
The most effective reliever out there — Liam Hendriks — continues to be on the free agent market, as are different intriguing arms corresponding to Keone Kela and lefty Jose Alvarez.
Relying on how issues go together with the Mets because it pertains to their pursuits of huge ticket guys corresponding to George Springer and Trevor Bauer, including one other large identify to the bullpen may make sense.
Both manner, filling it out additional can be clever.