According to the New York Post, the Mets are open to re-signing reliever Jerry Blevins but there is one caveat: it has to be a back-loaded contract.
Early in the offseason it was reported that Blevins was seeking a three-year contract worth $5 or $6 million per season. Unfortunately for the lefty, the reliever market was slow to develop, and last week Blevins reportedly dropped his asking price to a two-year deal similar to the one Antonio Bastardo signed with the Mets last season. With the slow market and potential suitors for Blevins dwindling—the Blue Jays who just signed J.P. Howell—the timing could be right to bring the reliable lefty back to Queens.
Unfortunately, money is an issue. Sandy Alderson acknowledged as much after Yoenis Cespedes re-signed with the team in November, and now with Jay Bruce’s salary still on the books, any potential deal with Blevins would have to be back-loaded.
Blevins’s first full season with the Mets was a successful one. Although he was primarily used as a lefty specialist, he was also almost equally adept at getting righties out. There are several powerful left-handed bats on division rivals, so having someone who can consistently get lefties out is a necessity if the Mets want to compete for the division title.