Andy Martino, SNY.tv | Twitter |
CARLSBAD, Calif. -- It's too early in both the offseason and Brodie Van Wagenen's tenure as GM to say definitively what the Mets' free agent strategy this winter will be, but the team is weighing high-profile bullpen acquisitions as a way to contend in 2019.
With a thin pen and no obvious closer on the roster, the Mets are considering pursuing impact relievers like Craig Kimbrel, Zach Britton, David Robertson, Adam Ottavino and Andrew Miller, according to major league sources. After a down year, Miller could be available on a one-year deal.
The relief market is perhaps the most volatile, with performance varying from year to year. But with the Mets planning to win in 2019 rather than retool or rebuild, the team needs bullpen arms behind its high-end starting rotation.
Van Wagenen is said to be considering several different approaches to his first offseason as GM, and a beefed-up pen is among them.