Everybody seems obsessed with the Mets acquiring help for the bullpen. But I say the pen is shaping up to be pretty good without significant reinforcements.
The Mets are set with Jeurys Familia as the closer. They tendered Addison Reed a contract which will likely pay him in the neighborhood of $5 million, so the Mets must view him as the eighth inning guy. By the way, this is the big expenditure for the bullpen. Do not expect Darren O’Day or any other free agent who will probably make upwards of $8 million per year.
The rest of the bullpen looks fine. Carlos Torres was tendered a contract (although I think it was a bad idea), so he will be back. Then there are Hansel Robles, Sean Gilmartin and Erik Goeddel, who all looked very good in 2015.
That leaves room for one more, honey (anyway I can work in a reference from “The Twilight Zone”). Another lefty would be nice; the returning Josh Edgin or re-signing Jerry Blevins would fill that role. Then there is Jenrry Mejia, also tendered a contract for some reason. Of course, he will miss the first 100 games because of his idiotic second PED suspension.
I have no problem signing the Jim Hendersons of the world — low risk, potential high rewards. But the Mets do not need to go out and spend a bulk of their remaining budget on a reliever. The lineup is what needs help. Let’s concentrate on that.