The New York Mets are close to an agreement with left-handed reliever Jake Diekman, league sources told The Athletic on Thursday.
Diekman would fit the profile the Mets were said to be looking for in their bullpen; he’s an affordable lefty veteran who has had some success in the majors.
Diekman, 37, excelled last season after joining the Tampa Bay Rays in May. In 50 games (45 1/3 innings) with the Rays, Diekman had a 2.18 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with 50 strikeouts. However, prior to landing with the Rays, Diekman struggled with the Chicago White Sox, posting a 7.94 ERA over 13 appearances. For his 12-year career, Diekman owns a 111 ERA+ and 3.82 ERA.
It would make sense for the Mets to add an experienced lefty to their bullpen mix. Brooks Raley lingers as New York’s top left-handed option. Further down the depth chart, there’s Josh Walker, non-roster invite Danny Young and burgeoning minor-leaguer Nate Lavender
Last weekend, the Mets re-signed veteran right-hander Adam Ottavino. The rest of the bullpen includes star closer Edwin Díaz, Drew Smith, Jorge López, Michael Tonkin, Sean Reid-Foley and Phil Bickford.
The Athletic‘s Ken Rosenthal contributed to this story.
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