The Mets have re-signed lefty reliever Jerry Blevins to a one-year, $4 million deal. That is a $1.6 million raise over his 2015 salary — a season in which he threw in just seven games. Life is grand for lefty pitchers.
Blevins was shaping up to be a key member of the bullpen last season. In five innings, he did not allow a hit or walk and struck out four. But then a line drive fractured his left forearm. And just when it seemed he was ready to come back in July, he fell of a curb in Port St. Lucie and refractured it, ending his season. No wonder Matt Harvey did not want to rehab there.
This was a good signing, although I thought Blevins would get the same $2.4 million he “earned” last year. But the price of quality relievers is on the rise, so this could be something of a bargain for the Mets if Jerry Blevins lives up to his pre-repeatedly broken arm days.