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Mets could still add to bullpen

With Jenrry Mejia banned for life, the Mets might get some help in the bullpen.

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

The Mets still have their "eyes open" for bullpen help, according to Jon Heyman. While they have made some moves in their bullpen this offseason, Jenrry Mejia's lifetime ban could spur the Mets to add another pitcher to the mix.

It wouldn't be surprising to see the Mets add another veteran reliever on a minor league deal, but there are few, if any, upgrades available on the open market. Tommy Hunter has signed with Cleveland, and Bobby Parnell remains unsigned. Some other free agents of note include Burke Badenhop, Matt Belisle, Randy Choate, Neal Cotts, Casey Janssen, Manny Parra, Matt Thornton, and Ryan Webb. Of those names, only Cotts recorded a strikeout rate of eight or more per nine innings in 2015.

With the addition of Antonio Bastardo and the re-signing of Jerry Blevins, the Mets have done a nice job of rounding out a solid relief staff. The club could benefit from the mid-season return of Josh Edgin, who underwent Tommy John surgery last year, while the return of Zack Wheeler from Tommy John surgery could potentially push Bartolo Colon into a relief role.