The New York Mets announced on Thursday they’ve signed left-handed reliever Luis Avilan to a minor league deal. He will receive an invitation to major league camp.
Avilan, 29, had a 3.77 ERA, 3.09 FIP, 1.37 WHIP and 10.1 K/9 last season in 45.1 innings between the Chicago White Sox and Philadelphia Phillies. He was non-tendered by the Phillies following the season.
Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen on the signing, “Luis is a left-handed quality Major League reliever who addresses another offseason priority. We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build.”
The former Atlanta Brave has pitched well against lefties, holding them to .646 OPS in 2018 and .213/.289/.292 slash line overall. He’s held righties to a .244/.325/.347 in his career as well.
Walks have been the issue for Avilan in the past, he had a 3.6 BB/9 in 2018 and 4.3 BB/9 during the 2017 season.
Avilan gives the Mets another left-handed option for the bullpen. They currently only have Daniel Zamora for lefty relievers on the 40-man roster. They also signed veteran lefty Hector Santiago earlier this week.