Free agent LH reliever Mike Minor, who the Mets have interest in, is expected to sign soon, reports Buster Olney of ESPN.
In addition to the Mets, the Astros have also expressed interest in Minor.
The skinny on Minor:
2017 team: Royals
2017 salary: $4 million
Career stats: 3.93 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 8.06 K/9, 2.58 BB/9 in six seasons
The 29-year-old Minor reinvented himself as a reliever in 2017, as he pitched in the majors for the first time since 2014, when he was a starter for the Braves.
After having shoulder surgery in 2015, Minor returned this past season with a a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.02 WHIP while striking out 88 batters and walking 22 in 77 2/3 innings (65 games). He was dominant against lefties, holding them to a .163/.228/.196 line, but solid against righties as well, as they hit just .223/.281/.383 against him.
In their annual free agent predictions, MLBTR has Minor getting a four-year deal worth $28 million.
The Mets have reportedly prioritized adding a late-game reliever to join Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos, and Jerry Blevins -- even if it means giving a multiyear deal.
In addition to Minor, they have also expressed interest in righties Byran Shaw and Joe Smith, who have a connection to new manager Mickey Callaway.