The Mets have signed 34-year-old left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a minor league deal with an invitation to major league spring training. The deal is worth $1 million if he makes the big league club plus $1.8 million in incentives. According to Jon Heyman, there is an out in the contract on March 24 if he isn’t on the major league roster.
Gorzelanny appeared in seven games for the Indians in 2016 where he struggled, letting up seven earned runs in just three innings. The Chicago native was drafted in the second round of the 2003 amateur draft by the Pirates. In his twelve-year career, he has also pitched for the Nationals, Cubs, Brewers, and Tigers.
A starter in the beginning of his career, Gorzelanny transitioned to the bullpen with the Nationals. In 2012 , Gorzelanny had a 2.88 ERA in 72 innings. For his career, he has a 4.40 ERA and a 1.85 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He figures to be a lefty specialist, as lefties have only managed to hit .229/.302/.356 against him with a 2.78 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 948 plate appearances.
Gorzelanny should compete with in-house options Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker, and Sean Gilmartin for a spot in the bullpen should the Mets fail to sign Jerry Blevins.