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The Mets can and should still sign some relievers

The team’s bullpen isn’t in good shape despite the team having added a bunch of players who are relievers.

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Edwin Díaz is great. The rest of the Mets’ bullpen right now might not be.
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When it comes to covering free agent relief pitchers as they might pertain to the Mets, we’ve touched on the topic so much over the years that the seemingly-exhaustive series that’s run over the course of this offseason shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. There have been eight parts of the series thus far, running down the list of free agent relievers by their 2023 ERA.

You can indulge in all eight, if you’re so inclined, below. Pitchers whose names are emboldened have signed elsewhere.

  • Part 1: Josh Hader, Jesse Chavez, Hector Neris, Matt Moore
  • Part 2: Wandy Peralta, Phil Maton, Ryan Brasier, Emilio Pagán, David Robertson, Aroldis Chapman, Robert Stephenson
  • Part 3: Brent Suter, Craig Kimbrel, Reynaldo López
  • Part 4: Kirby Yates, Jordan Hicks, Jake Diekman
  • Part 5: Carl Edwards Jr., Chris Stratton, Drew VerHagen, Ryne Stanek
  • Part 6: Joe Kelly, Nick Martinez, Buck Farmer, Miguel Castro
  • Part 7: Collin McHugh, John Brebbia, Dylan Floro
  • Part 8: Brent Honeywell, Anthony Bass, Brad Boxberger, Nick Wittgren, Shintaro Fujinami

Even ruling out some of the bigger names from that group who are still available—Josh Hader, for instance—the Mets could fill their bullpen out with pitchers entirely from that group. And if those pitchers don’t seem particularly appealing, there are a bunch of other free agents still out there.

For what it’s worth, the Mets have been linked to relievers—either generally or specifically—in recent reports. If the team is mostly done adding players to its rotation or its lineup, a relatively inexpensive, long-term-commitment-free way of improving the Mets’ playoff odds this year would be adding enough relievers to reasonably fill out a major league bullpen.