The New York Mets are reportedly looking to improve their bullpen. They are keeping an eye on Yankeesâ€™ castoff Dellin Betances, who missed almost all of 2019 with lat, shoulder, and Achilles issues. The chances of a signing are looking slim now, however.
The offense looks set, as does the starting rotation. An improvement in center field is also in the cards, but it is not a pressing need.
Teams have been sniffing around the Metsâ€™ roster, and have asked about Brandon Nimmo, Jeff McNeil, and others. The club, however, will most likely keep the two building blocks.
Barring a high-profile acquisition for a center fielder or a J.D. Davis or Dominic Smith trade, the Metsâ€™ roster figures to have only minor tweaks from now on.
Here are the New York Metsâ€™ news and rumors of the day:
Jon Heyman: Dellin Betances, a Metsâ€™ free agent target this offseason, is now unlikely to sign with the team, per Heyman. Going into the night, New York and Philadelphia were the most â€œprominentâ€ suitors, but it looks like the Phillies may be in pole position now.
Jon Heyman: Additionally, Heyman reports that Betances is looking to sign a one-year deal in the $10 million range. The only reason why Betances is seeking a short-term deal is because he was injured for most of the 2019 season. However, from 2014 to 2022, he was among the most dominant relievers in baseball with a 2.22 ERA.
Anthony DiComo: Rick Porcello, the latest high-profile free-agent signing of the New York Mets, was introduced yesterday. In his conference call, he said that â€œthis is a big deal for me. I grew up a lifelong Mets fan as a kid. To get the opportunity to play for the organization that I cheered on for so many years is a huge honor.”
Here are the best rotations in baseball, according to 2020 projected WAR:
- Nationals â€” 19.2
- Yankees â€” 19.1
- Mets â€” 18.1
- Rays â€” 17.2
- Dodgers â€” 16.5
- Reds â€” 16.5*
- Astros â€” 16.0
- Rangers â€” 15.7
- Indians â€” 15.3
- Red Sox â€” 14.6