According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the New York Mets could carry three left-handed relievers on their Opening Day 25-man roster.
The one lefty that is a lock for the bullpen is veteran Jerry Blevins, whom the Mets re-signed to a one-year deal with an option earlier this offseason.
Josh Smoker burst on to the major league scene last season only two years removed from pitching for the Rockland Aviators in Independent ball. He has a good chance of being the second lefty in the pen after posting 25 strikeouts compared to only four walks in his first 15.1 big league innings with the Mets in 2016.
The problem with Smoker is that he struggled vs lefties in the majors last year (1.048 OPS) and the minors (.773 OPS) which seems to eliminate him as a LOOGY until he improves his slider.
Smoker has looked good this spring allowing only one earned run in 8.1 innings on four hits, five walks and eight strikeouts.
The third lefty in the pen could be Josh Edgin in part because he’s out of options and would have to clear waivers for the Mets to send him to Triple-A.
Edgin struggled in 2016 as he returned from Tommy John Surgery and showed diminished velocity. In 10.1 major league innings last season, he had a 5.23 ERA and 1.55 WHIP.
Edgin continued his trend of limiting lefties however, holding them to a .535 OPS in a small 2016 sample size. For his career, Edgin has held lefties to a .201/.264/.354 slash line.
After a bad start to the spring Edgin has rebounded recently to improve his ERA to 3.86, 0.95 WHIP and has eight strikeouts in 7.1 innings. He even hit 93 MPH with his fastball in his outing earlier today.
The Mets are under the assumption that Jeurys Familia will get suspended to some extent leaving the opening for them to carry an extra lefty.