The New York Mets are reportedly eyeing right-hand reliever Jeremy Jeffress, who was released by the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.
The New York Mets are looking to improve their bullpen as the conclusion of the regular season approaches.
Per Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports, the Mets are one of three teams eyeing the recently released Jeremy Jeffress. The Milwaukee Brewers parted ways with the right-handed reliever on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Phillies, Cincinnati Reds, and Tampa Bay Rays are also interested in the veteran pitcher.
Hearing there's a sizable market for reliever Jeremy Jeffress, including Mets. Phils, Reds, Rays, Brewers, among others. It's expected Jeffress will land a deal that includes 2020. Brewers recently released Jeffress.
Not postseason eligible, but could provide quality innings.
— Matt Ehalt (@MattEhalt) September 4, 2019
The 31-year-old appeared in 48 games for the Brewers this year prior to his release. He posted a record of 3-4 with an ERA of 5.02 and a WHIP of 1.365. Jeffress additionally struck out 46 batters and walked 17 through 52.0 innings pitched.
The Mets are looking to make a playoff push, as they sit 4.5 games back in the National League Wild Card race. If they were to sign Jeffress, he wouldn’t be eligible for the playoffs. However, the Mets bullpen is as ineffective as it is (27th in the majors with a combined 5.16 ERA) and could use a boost in this final month of the regular season.
Heck, it could’ve used a boost the other night when it allowed seven runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to fall to the Nationals 11-10 in Washington.
The Mets just wrapped up a six-game road trip through Philadelphia and D.C. On Friday, they begin a homestand of 10 games that includes three with the Phillies, four with the Arizona Diamondbacks and three with the Los Angeles Dodgers.