New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Thursday that the team could still add a veteran left-handed reliever to complement Jerry Blevins.
The Mets only have two left-handed pitchers on the 40-man roster currently, the previously mentioned Blevins and starter Steven Matz. On Wednesday they traded left-handed reliever Josh Smoker to the Pittsburgh Pirates for left-handed relief prospect Daniel Zamora and cash.
Tony Watson, 32, is the best of what’s left on the market for a LOOGY. He posted a 3.38 ERA, 1.38 WHIP and 7.2 K/9 last season in 66.2 combined innings between the Pirates and Dodgers.
Watson he was much better down the stretch with a 2.70 ERA and 1.05 WHIP for the Dodgers in 20 innings after a July trade brought him to LA.
Sandy does have a history of waiting out the reliever market scooping up Blevins on Feb. 9 last year.