Drew Gagnon
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The New York Mets have officially released veteran right-handed reliever Drew Gagnon ahead of the 40-man deadline.

The offseason continues for the New York Mets, and on Friday, they made their latest move. Ahead of the 40-man deadline, the Mets have decided to release right-handed reliever Drew Gagnon.

The 29-year old appeared in 23 games with the team over the last two seasons.

Gagnon is reportedly close to inking a deal for a team in the Korea Baseball Organization League.

This past season, Gagnon pitched in 18 games for the Mets. In that span of time, he posted a record of 3-1 with an ERA of 8.37 and a WHIP of 1.732. Gagnon additionally struck out 17 batters and walked seven through 23.2 innings pitched.

In 2018, he went 2-1 with an ERA of 5.25 and a WHIP of 1.667 through five appearances (one start). During that campaign, he struck out eight batters and walked five through 12 full innings pitched.

Needless to say, he struggled during his entire time in Queens, combining for a 7.32 ERA and a 1.710 WHIP.

Gagnon didn’t stand out from the bullpen, however, which possessed numerous issues this past year. The Mets relievers in 2019 finished 25th in the majors with a combined 4.95 ERA. It’s definitely an aspect of the game they’ll need to improve on ahead of the 2020 campaign.

As one goes, however, another arrives. This week, the Mets inked a minor-league deal with left-handed reliever Chasen Shreve. It comes with an invite to Spring Training, so there’s a chance Shreve can receive a promotion to the big leagues if he impresses.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.