The New York Mets have begun their offseason player transactions by signing left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve to a minor-league contract.
Mets have agreed to terms with Chasen Shreve on a Minors deal. Spring invite for experienced reliever.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 21, 2019
The deal includes an invite to the team’s Spring Training. New York will open up its 2020 Spring Training schedule with a split-squad game against the Miami Marlins on Feb. 22.
This past season, Shreve only appeared in three games for the Cardinals. In his two innings of work, he posted a record of 1-0, allowing two hits and two earned runs. His full Cardinals tenure was from 2018-19.
Additionally, Shreve spent time with the Atlanta Braves (2014) and New York Yankees (2015-18). Arguably his best season was in 2015 when he appeared in 59 games for the Bombers. During that campaign, he posted a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 3.09 and a WHIP of 1.406. Shreve also struck out 64 batters and walked 33 through a total of 58.1 innings pitched.
If Shreve eventually receives a promotion to the big-league club, he’ll be expected to add some firepower to a bullpen that desperately needs to improve. The Mets relievers had some issues in 2019, finishing 25th in the majors with a combined 4.95 ERA. Needless to say, they were a dark spot for this organization for much of the year.