The Mets have signed veteran left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins to a minor league contract, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Blevins will earn a $1.25MM salary if he makes it to the majors, according to Nightengale, who adds that the deal comes with $750K in incentives.
The 37-year-old Blevins has enjoyed some of the finest seasons of his career as a member of the Mets, with whom he previously pitched from 2015-18. Blevins combined for 138 2/3 innings of 3.38 ERA/3.61 FIP ball with 10.77 K/9 and 3.96 BB/9 then, though he struggled in his last season with the Mets and didn’t return to his best form with the Braves in 2019. Blevins didn’t pitch in the majors last season after signing a minors pact with the Giants, who released him in early April.
MLB’s three-batter-minimum rule doesn’t do lefty relievers like Blevins any favors. However, considering how righty-heavy the Mets’ bullpen is, returning to the organization could give Blevins a legitimate shot to get back to the bigs in 2021. Daniel Zamora is the lone southpaw reliever on the Mets’ 40-man roster.