The biggest issue with the New York Mets throughout the 2019 season was their bullpen. They 22 blown saves throughout the year, and after finishing only three games back of the second wild card spot, it stings. Going into 2020, Brodie van Wagenen must add a few pieces to their bullpen in order to get over that hump that they fell on last year. These three names are arms that can put their bullpen in a place where it can be trusted.
Daniel Hudson- The former fifth round pick, Hudson was on track to be one of the better young starters in all of baseball. In 2011, he won 16 games while in Arizona, then the injury bug hit. He had a plethora of arm issues, which then forced his transition into the bullpen. Although it took a while to get acclimated to his new role, the 2019 season was huge for him. During his time with both Toronto and Washington, he finished with a 2.47 ERA, 71 strikeouts, and eight saves in 73 innings pitched. What sticks out the most is his success in the Nationals run to their first World Series title. Hudson was the anchor in that pen during the playoffs, and could do that again here in Queens alongside Edwin Diaz. A guy who should demand multiple years in free agency, the Mets can make Hudson a priority this winter.
Joe Smith- The side-armer is a guy who came up in the Mets organization. Smith made his debut for the Mets in 2007, and was in Queens until the 2009 season. People were a fan of him as a Met, but his most successful seasons occurred when of course, he left. Over a 13-year career, he’s toed the mound for six different teams, earning a 2.98 ERA, with a 2.98 ERA, and 615 strikeouts over 695.1 innings. With his funky delivery, he is a piece the Mets could see as valuable. He is a guy who can get people out in big spots, which besides Seth Lugo and Justin Wilson, the Mets did not have a shut down middle reliever. Joe Smith making a return to Queens is something both sides should seriously consider.
Dellin Betances- This is a guy who will probably be the most sought after reliever during free agency this year. Betances was the backbone of the Yankee bullpen since he practically made his debut. Over eight seasons, he has been an all-star four times, and came in third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 2014. The tall right hander is an arm that has been an elite reliever throughout his career, and can deal with practically any high leverage situation, both in the regular season and the playoffs. After missing most of the year due to a plethora of injuries, he is going to be looking to bounce back strong. He is going to cost a pretty penny, so hopefully the Mets will open up their pocketbook for him this offseason.
The Mets finished 10 games over .500 last season, but could have been a lot better. The achilles heel that costed them over 20 wins in 2019 was their bullpen. If they are to add to their bullpen this offseason, 2020 could be the year we see playoff baseball back in Queens.