Mets Should Bring Back Trevor May
This offseason, the New York Mets have so many pending free agents it’s difficult to know where to prioritize. In the end, the only plan is to sign who you can sign when you can sign them.
That brings us to the Mets need to completely rebuild their bullpen. That also brings us to Trevor May.
This is typically where fans will overreact to the season May just had. Yes, admittedly, it was a forgettable and unfortunate one for May.
May, 33, was limited to just 26 appearances due to injuries. Also, mostly due to injuries, May did not have good numbers over the course of the 2022 season.
It should be noted he tried to pitch through a stress reaction in his right humerus to disastrous results. While trying to pitch through the injury, he had an 8.64 ERA over his first eight appearances of the season.
Finally, when it was clear May was hurting and ineffective, they shut him down. After a lengthy IL stint, he was activated on August 3, and well, he was May again.
Over the final two months of the season, he made 18 appearances. He was 1-0 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.200 WHIP, 3.2 BB/9, and a 13.5 K/9.
As per Baseball Savant, May had excellent velocity, spin, and extension. Of course, we saw that reflected in the big strikeout numbers we saw him post when he returned from the IL.
May stepped up in the Wild Card Series pitching 2.1 scoreless in the series. It would have been interesting to see how things could have played out for him and the Mets if the team was able to advance.
Instead, the Mets have nothing but disappointment from a promising season. They also have to rebuild their bullpen, which should include bringing back a reliever who loved being a Met.
With May, there’s something to be said for a reliever who has embraced New York. He was personable, embraced the fans, and his performance was not impacted by any of it. All too often, that is something not fully understood by the Mets organization.
May is a set-up reliever you can comfortably slot in any inning. He’s shown something over the past two seasons, and there’s some unfinished business for both parties.
Hopefully, the Mets find a way to bring back a reliever who still has good StatCast metrics. Mostly, let’s hope the Mets can bring back a reliever who handles this market and pitching on this stage very well.