On December 1st, the Steve Cohen money spending era of Mets baseball officially began. The New York Mets signed Trevor May to a two-year deal in an attempt to revamp their bullpen. The deal is worth around $15 million and is a great deal for the Mets to sign. May has been a dependable bullpen arm for the Twins since 2018. His best season came in 2019 when he had accumulated an earned run average under three. The Mets signed Trevor May right before he will enter his age 31 season, his sixth full season in the major leagues.
How The Roster Shakes Up
For the Mets, this sets up their bullpen nicely. Assuming Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz can put together solid seasons like in the shortened 2020 season and Dellin Betances bounces back, the Mets bullpen can be scary. The Mets will have three guys with closing experience and then May who can work the seventh or eighth innings. Add in Seth Lugo to the mix, assuming he doesn’t get thrust into the starting rotation, and you have a truly solid bullpen. With all these right-handed pitchers the Mets will need a lefty, however. There are many options out there, they could re-sign Justin Wilson or go out and sign Brad Hand. Both of those guys have been solid left-handed options out of the bullpen for years. Hand was recently let go due to a money crunch in Cleveland.
How It Can Fix The Roster
The Trevor May signing also sets the Mets up to continue pursuing the big-name free agents like Springer and Bauer. May’s deal adds $7.75 million to the Mets’ payroll, which gets the Mets to around $150 million on their payroll. That number is still $60 million under the Luxury Tax Threshold, meaning that the Mets can effectively spend that much more money. The Mets can go out and sign one or two players to a George Springer or a Trevor Bauer-type contract. The team currently needs a center fielder, starting pitching, and a catcher. For the Mets, the best options thinking in terms of price and future would be Springer, James McCann, and two starters. A good starting option would be Jake Odorizzi, who the Mets should sign before the market is set. With Odorizzi, the Mets should sign Bauer, who seems to be made for New York.
In signing Springer, McCann, Bauer, and Odorizzi the Mets roster would be complete. They would have five starting pitchers in Jacob deGrom, Bauer, Stroman, Peterson, and Odorizzi. When Noah Syndergaard returns he will be the sixth starter on the roster and the Mets can move someone. Signing McCann would bring in a good replacement for Wilson Ramos and not block Francisco Alvarez in a few years. George Springer in the outfield would immediately help the Mets defense in center field, which has been a problem. Additionally, Springer brings another good, right-handed bat to the Mets’ lineup. The Mets can become a real big force in the National League, but it all starts with signing Trevor May. Due to the nature of the contract, it allows the Mets tons of flexibility.