Merely hours after news broke on Monday that the Mets traded Cory Mazzoni and a prospect to be named for left-handed bullpen artist Alex Torres, Sandy Alderson make another swift move by sending Matt den Dekker to the Nationals in exchange for lefty Jerry Blevins.
With left-handed specialist Josh Edgin undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery, Alderson and company wasted little time trying to fill the void by bringing in a pair of lefty arms.
Blevins was far from a star for Washington during spring training posting a putrid 9.00 ERA in eight appearances. The 31-year-old veteran does however boast a 4.87 career ERA and performed impressively in last year's postseason tossing 3 1/3 shutout innings and striking out two batters.
Standing 6-foot-6 and a wiry 190 pounds, the former National has plenty of big game experience under his belt, something that the Mets bullpen is clearly lacking.
Alderson insisted that Blevins will be on the Mets opening day roster and could likely face his former squad when the Amazin's travel to Nationals Park on April 6.