Left handed reliever Jerry Blevins has re-signed with the Mets on a one year deal, per multiple reports. The deal is reportedly worth $4 million.
Blevins, traded from the Nationals for Matt den Dekker, pitched 5 innings for the Mets in April before fracturing his forearm on a line-drive from Marlins’ second baseman Dee Gordon. Blevins made significant strides in effort to rehab in attempt to get back to the Mets by the playoffs, but was re-injured his forearm after falling on it, sidelining him for the entire season. He then tweeted out his signing, thanking Santa for his ‘early Christmas present’.
I think it was always assumed that Blevins would re-sign with the Mets, but this is a good move nonetheless. Opposing lefties went 0-for-14 against the lefty specialist in 5 innings last year, and are only 17-120 against him in the past two seasons. He, Sean Gilmartin, and Josh Edgin, who is set to return mid-season, will presumably provide a sufficient amount of lefty bullets out of the bullpen. This all but wipes the signing of Antonio Bastardo off the table, but I wouldn’t put it past the Mets to sign one more free agent reliever, such as Tyler Clippard, Al Alburquerque, Neftali Feliz, Casey Janssen, Edward Mujica, or, in a long shot, Greg Holland.