Update On Free Agent Reliever Market

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The New York Mets remain in need of bullpen help with their only additions so far being righties Ben Rowen and Cory Burns on minor league deals.

Closer Jeurys Familia could still be suspended by Major League Baseball despite the charges against him being dropped. The Mets also have two holes in their bullpen with Jerry Blevins and Fernando Salas being free agents after playing important roles during the 2016 season.

With Kenley Jansen re-signing with the Los Angleles Dodgers the big three closers are now off the board. After missing out on Jansen, the Miami Marlins went out and signed Brad Ziegler and Junichi Tazawa.

The latest reliever to sign was righty Daniel Hudson with the Pittsburgh Pirates earlier this week for two years, $11 million. Last week, the Chicago Cubs finalized a deal with veteran reliever Koji Uehara to go along with closer Wade Davis, who they previously acquired from the Kansas City Royals.

Mike Dunn signed a lucrative three-year, $19 million with the Colorado Rockies. He joins lefties Brett Cecil and Marc Rzepczynski who have been pleased with deals given out to left-handed relievers.

Blevins is now the best lefty reliever available on the market and seems destined to get the three-year deal he seeks. Sandy Alderson has made it pretty clear that he would like to have Blevins back, but certainly not willing to give him three years.

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The lefty market is getting pretty scarce with one of the best remaining options being Boone Logan. The Mets have shown interest in the veteran that held lefties to a .142/.222/.255 slash line in 2016. The Baltimore Orioles reportedly covet Logan who should get at least a two-year deal given current market conditions.

Other lefties still available include veterans J.P. Howell, Chris Capuano, Travis Wood and Javier Lopez.  Wood was the best of the group against lefties in 2016 holding them to a .447 OPS in 120 plate appearances.

The buzz surrounding Salas has been quiet this offseason despite a great finish for the Mets in which he had a 2.07 ERA, 0.65 WHIP and didn’t walk a single batter in 17.1 innings.

Trevor Cahill is currently being pursued by six teams according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN. The right-hander can be a swingman and struck out 66 batters in 65.2 innings last year, but that also came with 35 walks.

Possibly the most intriguing reliever left on the market is former Kansas City Royals closer Greg Holland. He has received interest from a large number of teams including the Washington Nationals who missed out on the big three.

Other right-handed relievers still free agents that could help the Mets include Sergio Romo (career WHIP under 1.00), Neftali Feliz (10.2 K/9 in 2016), Joe Blanton (2.48 ERA in 2016), Santiago Casilla (69 saves over past two seasons), Drew Storen (1.59 ERA in last 18 games), and Joe Smith (2.93 career ERA).

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