The Mets signed left-handed reliever Luis Avilan to a minor league deal, the team announced Thursday.
SNY's Andy Martino reported earlier Thursday that the Mets were still looking for a lefty reliever. And it's easy to see Avilan filling the Mets' lefty void in the bullpen.
"Luis is a left-handed quality major league reliever who addresses another offseason priority," Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. "We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build."
Avilan, 29, had a 3.77 ERA and 1.36 WHIP with 51 strikeouts (10.1 per 9) in 45.1 innings last season split between the White Sox and Phillies.
Against lefties in 2018, Avilan's numbers were terrific, as he held them to a .220/.304/.341 line in 93 plate appearances. During his seven-year career, Avilan has held lefties to a .213/.289/.292 line.
While he can be a true crossover reliever, Avilan might make the most sense as the Mets' primary option against left-handers and sometimes LOOGY (left handed one out guy) who can replace Jerry Blevins.
Overall in his career, Avilan has a 3.09 ERA (3.25 FIP) and 1.22 WHIP in 308.2 innings -- all in relief.