The Mets addressed their bullpen in a big way, adding 6’8 Dellin Betances on a one-year deal with a player option for 2021. Betances issued a statement on the signing, one that included this nice graph:
“I love New York. I grew up in Manhattan. Went to high school in Brooklyn. Played minor league ball in Staten Island. Made it to the big leagues in the Bronx. Now, I’m excited to go win a World Series with the Mets in Queens. Thanks to Fred and Jeff, Brodie, and all the other Mets staff who worked so hard to make possible this next step in my New York journey. Merry ChristMets!”
You’ve got to have upside on your team and Betances certainly gives the Mets that. He’ll turn 32 during Spring Training and he’s a four-time All-Star. But he missed most of last year with a variety of injuries, including ones to his shoulder, lat and Achilles tendon. A healthy Betances has been very, very good. Can he reach those heights again? Who knows – that’s why it’s upside.
Assuming everyone is healthy and ready to go, the Mets’ bullpen now has the following members:
If there was any doubt before this, it seems certain now that the Mets will utilize the extra player allowed to all MLB teams this season to carry an eight-man bullpen. At least there’s only one lefty.