The Mets and right-hander Trevor May “are deep in talks” about a potential contract, MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports (Twitter link). “This is not a done deal, but there is smoke,” DiComo writes, indicating that the negotiations may be in a rather advanced stage. As noted by The Athletic’s Tim Britton, May and Mets pitching coach Jeremy Hefner have a good relationship, dating back to Hefner’s previous position as the Twins’ assistant pitching coach.
The 31-year-old May has quietly been one of the more effective relievers in baseball over the last three seasons, posting a 3.19 ERA, 4.03 K/BB rate, and 12.2 K/9 over 113 innings (in 113 games) for the Twins since the start of the 2018 season. This performance came on the heels of a Tommy John surgery that cost May all of the 2017 campaign, though his durability since his return would seem to answer any questions about his arm condition.
May’s hard-contact numbers trended upwards in 2020, and his 1.9 HR/9 was a career high. Those were more or less the only blemishes on another solid season for May, as ERA predictors (2.74 xFIP, 2.38 SIERA) drastically outperformed his actual 3.86 ERA. May’s 14.7 K/9 was also a career best, and he has continued to steadily increase fastball velocity. Since returning from Tommy John surgery, May has added over two miles of velocity to his average fastball, going from 94.1 mph in 2018 to 96.4mph last season.
Signing May would represent the first big free agent strike for the Mets under the Steve Cohen/Sandy Alderson regime, as the club has been linked in rumors to seemingly just about every big name on the market. May’s addition would be a boost to a Mets bullpen that was inconsistent through 2020, and May would seemingly slot right in as the primary setup man for closer Edwin Diaz.
Noooooo! He, Liam Hendricks, and Kirby need to be on the twins ASAP
There no way you guys get all 3 of them
Probably can get Yates but that’s probably it with regards to the three you listed.
3 years 17.5 million
This would be a good signing
Yes, and like the article alludes to, someone who can K a lot of batters helps the Mets even more because their defense is so bad. Would love the signing.
We’re probably offering him the most (Cohen affect)
“Big free agent strike?”
Deep talks. They can feel in their plums
Long Suffering Mets Fan
It is a warmup for those talks.
They’re signing the wrong Trevor.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis For MVP
Not the best Trevor on the market, but he would be a good signing.
Curious to see what the contract terms will be. Normally this would be a 2 year 18 million type of deal, but perhaps that comes down a bit to 15/16.
never got the appeal of May
Why not? He’s pretty good.
I was in love with Ellie as a child….
Ugh No! Trevor. Wrong team.
There it is Mets fans, super Steve is showing them all, the reverberations can be felt all through MLB! All they have to do now is lockdown La Stella & all the pieces of the puzzle will be in place.
Someone’s scared lol
I promise you, absolutely nobody is scared or ever will be scared of the lolmets. Still the same old mets, Cohen’s league.
It’d be a good signing for the Mets. Nearly every team can use a little BP help.
Seems like there is some news about every team not named the Angels…business as usual for us to wait and lose out.
You know it
Moreno has said they aren’t reducing payroll so that’s something. Now to just spend available funds on pitching
I think I had him to the Astros… wait…. nope Phillies. Dangit.
I check these immediately as well. The contest makes FA that much more interesting.
Solid bullpen arm that shouldn’t cost a ton. Keep ‘em coming.
Good get. Would feel more comfortable and if they land Hendriks too in case Diaz shows he can’t close
Trevor May for 3 years, 21 million or Liam Hendriks for 3 years, 42 million? Not necessarily for the Mets, but just in general. I think May could be the better value.
2 yr/ $15M
Anthony Swarzak PT. II