Jerry Blevins returned to the Mets last week by signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract, which reportedly includes a $7 million team option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.
Blevins had been using fellow free-agent, left-handed relievers Brett Cecil and Mike Dunn as a model during his negotiations with interested teams. Cecil and Dunn both received guaranteed, multiyear deals, which they signed earlier in the offseason.
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"Those guys are obviously comparables," Blevins admitted Sunday. However, he added, "I'm extremely happy. I think it's fair for both sides."
Sep 18, 2016; Blevins (39) pitches during the ninth inning at Citi Field. (USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)
"Obviously, it would have been a little easier for the family and I if we had got the decision a little bit early, but business is business and ultimately we're excited to be ready to go," he continued. "I'm pumped to be back with the Mets and ready to move on."
In 73 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Blevins was 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA (3.05 FIP), with 16 holds, 52 strikeouts and 15 walks in 42 innings.
The Mets will also have left-handed relievers Josh Smoker, Josh Edgin, and veteran Tom Gorzelanny in camp competing to join Blevins in the big league bullpen.