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After their reunion with free agent Jeurys Familia, the Mets might not be done adding high-end relievers to their bullpen.
With Edwin Diaz and Familia now on board to create a formidable 1-2 punch at the back-end of the pen, SNY's Andy Martino said early Thursday morning that his belief is that Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen came into the offseason seeking "three bullpen pieces."
Now that Van Wagenen has two of those three pieces, the question is where he'll turn next.
Before inking Familia, the Mets were connected to left-hander Andrew Miller and right-handers David Robertson and Adam Ottavino.
The latest on each:
With the Mets in need of a lefty for the pen, the 34-year-old Miller might be the most logical fit.
Miller, whose medicals the Mets requested earlier this offseason, had a 4.24 ERA (3.51 FIP) and 1.38 WHIP with 45 strikeouts in 34 innings (37 games) this past season. It was the first year since 2013 where his WHIP was above 1.00.
While dealing with injuries to his knee, hamstring, and shoulder, Miller's fastball velocity dipped a bit -- from an average of 94.0 MPH in 2017 to 93.1 MPH in 2018.
Aside from the Mets, Miller has drawn interest from the Phillies, Cardinals and Red Sox, among other teams. Miller thrived with the Indians when Mickey Callaway was his pitching coach, and Callaway said earlier this week at the Winter Meetings that he had been in touch with Miller as recently as Thanksgiving.
MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reported on Sunday that the Mets, Dodgers and Red Sox were among several teams interested in signing Robertson.
With the Dodgers adding Joe Kelly to their bullpen on Wednesday night, it could potentially take them out of the mix on Robertson. But losing Kelly might embolden Boston's pursuit of Robertson.
The 33-year-old Robertson had a 3.23 ERA (2.97 FIP) and 1.03 WHIP with 91 strikeouts in 69.2 innings with the Yankees this past season.
While Miller might be the Mets' best bet since they're in need of a lefty, Robertson is a true crossover reliever, having held left-handers to a .188/.268/.278 line during his career.
The Mets, Red Sox, and Yankees are among the teams that have been linked to Ottavino, with the Yankees having recently met with his representatives.
Ottavino, 33, had a 2.43 ERA (2.74 FIP) and 0.99 WHIP with 112 strikeouts (13.0 K/9) in 77.2 innings (75 games) this past season for the Rockies.
He has been one of the better relievers in baseball since 2013, but one red flag to keep an eye on is his walk rate, which spiked to a ridiculous 6.6 per nine innings in 2017 before dropping down to 4.2 in 2018.
Ottavino also relies heavily on his slider -- he threw it 46.4 percent of the time in 2018 -- which can lead to extra stress on the elbow.