The Mets have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with lefty Jerry Blevins, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. Per FOX’s Ken Rosenthal, the contract includes a club option for 2018 and could max out at $12.5 million over two seasons.
Blevins is the third bullpen addition of the day for the Mets, joining fellow lefty Tom Gorzelanny and righty Fernando Salas. Blevins was one of a few southpaw relievers left on the free-agent market at this late stage, along with Boone Logan (who agreed with the Indians), Craig Breslow, and J.P. Howell (who agreed with the Blue Jays).
Blevins, 33, posted a solid 2.79 ERA and 11.1 K/9 in 42 innings spread over 73 appearances for the Mets last season in his second season with the club. He will re-join lefties Josh Edgin and Sean Gilmartin in a Mets’ bullpen that also includes Salas, Addison Reed, Hansel Robles and Erik Goeddel in front of closer Jeurys Familia.
Blevins is a veteran of 10 major-league seasons with the Athletics (2007-13), Nationals (2014) and Mets (2015-16), owning a career 3.44 ERA and 8.7 K/9 in 371.1 innings. He will serve as a lefty specialist for New York, complementing Reed and Salas in the late-innings.