Don’t expect Mets to bring in another left-handed reliever

Posted: February 19, 2015 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

Despite still having something to prove, Josh Edgin enters 2015 as the Mets most important reliever

Despite still having something to prove, Josh Edgin enters 2015 as the Mets most important reliever

The Mets enter camp this spring with just one left-handed reliever expected to make the Opening Day roster in 28-year old Josh Edgin. Sandy Alderson and company are unlikely to change that despite several established left-handed relievers still hanging around on the free agent market such as Phil Coke or Joe Beimel. The Mets are unlikely to sign either one of them, even to a minor league deal at this point which means expect Terry Collins to call on “Everyday Edgin” frequently to start the season.

The Mets have a very good bullpen but the one Achilles heel of the group is having just the one lefty. Not to mention that one lefty is Edgin, who is promising, but hasn’t established that he can handle the workload that is going to be asked of him. In fact few have.

The Mets have tried the one lefty thing before in recent seasons with players such as Pedro Feliciano, Tim Byrdak and Scott Rice. All three players had early success before being ran into the ground from overuse. The same thing is going to happen to Edgin unless the Mets find a second pitcher to get left-handers out.

Edgin has never exceeded 30 innings a year in parts of three seasons in the big leagues and has never pitched in more than 47 games. The Mets are hoping Edgin can nearly double his appearance workload this season just like the days that “Perpetual Pedro” got in 90+ appearances a year for the Mets a few seasons back. Feliciano led the league in appearances every season from 2008-2010 and has pitched in just 11.1 innings since.

The Mets have rule 5 pick LHP Sean Gilmartin in camp but the team sees him more as a long-man than a lefty specialist. Plus with Dillon Gee still in camp as the long reliever it is unlikely Gilmartin will find a spot on this club. The Mets also have Jack Leathersich but he isn’t quite ready for big league action just yet according to Sandy Alderson.

This could emerge as a problem early on in the season so stay tuned….

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – First we had Perpetual Pedro followed by Tim Byrdak and Scott Rice. Now we have Everyday Edgin. Why do the Mets consistently follow this same route? They do worry about keeping their starters healthy but not their LH relievers? Why the inconsistency? Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Honestly Mike it’s a question I don’t seem to have an answer for. While starting pitching is worth far more than a lefty who comes in to get one out, they are still very important to a contending club

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