The New York Mets brought back a familiar face to their bullpen. They brought back righty Adam Ottavino on a one-year, $4.5 million deal.
Ottavino will help the bullpen, which struggled mightily last season. Even though he too was up and down in 2023, he is still one of their more reliable relievers and had a great 2022 season.
Even with Ottavino’s return and closer Edwin Diaz coming back after missing all of last season with injury, the Mets still can use more relief help.
The front end of the Mets bullpen appears set with Diaz returning as closer, and Ottavino and lefty Brooks Raley sharing setup duties. After that, there’s some uncertainties and not so sure fill-ins.
Drew Smith will be back and will also pitch in some important innings late in games. But Smith has been inconsistent all throughout his career, including last season. The Mets signed Jorge Lopez this offseason. Lopez was an All Star closer for the Baltimore Orioles in 2022, but he regressed last season. The team can also bring back Grant Hartwig, Jose Butto and Phil Bickford. All three of them had some fine moments in 2022, but not consistently.
The saying always holds true. You can never have enough pitching. And certainly, you can never have enough relief. A deep bullpen with many options always helps especially in the playoffs. The Mets have some sure arms that can fill in late in games, but they still need more consistent options before that, to bridge the gap to Raley, Ottavino and Diaz.
According to Andy Martino, the Mets still had $10 million to spend before the Ottavino spending. It’s down to $5.5 million after retaining Ottavino. The Mets are still looking for relief help, hoping to acquire another one within their price range.