Each of the last two seasons GM Sandy Alderson has made August trades to help boost the New York Mets bullpen for the stretch run.
Not only did the acquisitions of Addison Reed in 2015 and Fernando Salas in 2016 pay dividends on the way to back-to-back playoff appearances, but now those two arms are carrying the back-end of the Mets bullpen in April of 2017.
Reed has already pitched in six of the Mets ten games picking up a save in three of them. He has allowed only one run on three hits, hasn’t walked a batter and has struck out seven as he fills in as the Mets closer until Jeurys Familia returns from suspension.
Salas re-signed this offseason with the Mets to a team friendly one-year deal worth $3 million that he can also earn an additional $400,000 in incentives. He will earn $50,000 each for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60, 65, 70 and 75 relief appearances.
He certainly looks like a good bet to hit a ton of those incentives having already made seven appearances in 2017 for the Mets.
Salas has yet to give up an earned run in 7.2 innings while serving as the set-up man to the aforementioned Reed. He has allowed five hits, two walks and struck out eight in that span.
Even more incredible about how good Salas has been is the visa issues that limited his spring training outings.
The combo of Reed and Salas have played an integral part in a Mets bullpen that has a 2.91 ERA through the first 10 games of the 2017 season.