The Mets have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with reliever Fernando Salas, as reported by FOX’s Ken Rosenthal. The deal reportedly includes $350k in incentives.
Salas is the second relief addition of the day for the Mets, who also added lefty Tom Gorzelanny on a minor-league pact. New York is prioritizing bullpen help at this late stage of the winter, and reportedly still has interest in bringing back lefty Jerry Blevins.
Salas, 31, made 17 appearances for the Mets after being acquired in a waiver-wire deal with the Angels and posted a solid 2.08 ERA and 9.9 K/9 in that span. He re-joins righties Addison Reed, Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel in front of closer Jeurys Familia in the club’s bullpen.
Salas is a veteran of seven major-league seasons with the Cardinals (2010-13), Angels (2014-16) and Mets (2016), logging a career 19-22 record and 3.64 ERA in that span. He logged 24 saves as St. Louis’ closer in 2011.