Fox Sports midget Ken Rosenthal reported Friday that the Mets have agreed to re-sign reliever Fernando Salas. It will be for one year with terms undisclosed, pending a physical.
Salas pitched well after coming over to the Mets from the Angels at the end of August. In 17.1 innings over 17 games, he pitched to a 2.08 ERA with 19 strikeouts. Salas, who will turn 32 in May, has a 3.64 ERA over his seven-year career, averaging nearly a strikeout per inning.
Salas served as the primary closer for the Cardinals in his second season in 2011, picking up 24 saves and having a 2.28 ERA. However, except for the six saves he had with the Angels last year, he has never had another save.
Despite being a righty, Salas could help solve the Mets problems against left-handed hitters if they cannot re-sign Jerry Blevins or other lefty options do not perform. For his career, lefties are hitting just .239 against him.
Fernando Salas made $2.4 million in 2016, so it is likely the Mets are paying him in the $2.5 million to $3 million range.