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Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen continues to follow through on his pledge to spread the Mets' resources around the roster, rather than burn them on one or two players.
By signing lefty reliever Justin Wilson to a two-year, $10 million deal, according to a major league source, Van Wagenen has further deepened a revamped bullpen that includes All-Star closer Edwin Diaz, and setup man Jeurys Familia.
With minor league signings Hector Santiago and Luis Avilan in the mix, along with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, the pen suddenly looks a lot deeper.
The Wilson signing, which is pending a physical, follows infielder Jed Lowrie's two-year deal (and the two-year pact signed by Wilson Ramos in December) as a medium-sized move designed to deepen the roster.
While many Mets fans are clamoring for Bryce Harper or Manny Machado - and impulse that is more than understandable - Van Wagenen's approach has been to stretch the payroll by spending on multiple players. When the Wilson move becomes official, the Mets' luxury tax 2019 payroll will stand just shy of $170 million.
The 30-year-old Wilson owned a 3.46 ERA over 71 appearances (54.2 innings) with the Cubs last season. Over his seven-year career, Wilson has made a stop in New York, pitching for the Yankees in 2015 to the tune of a 3.10 ERA and .223 opponent batting average.
With Wilson aboard, the Mets will need to make a 40-man roster move to clear room for him.