As we enter the month of December, we are beginning to see a more clearer pitcher on what the New York Mets want to have on their 2016 roster. As the off-season continues the New York Mets continued to search for pieces to improve their roster, more specifically their bullpen. Today we look at the well-traveled relief pitcher formally known as the Mexacutioner, Joakim Soria.
There is no question that the Mets are looking for eighth inning man who can also close on occasion when Jeurys Familia is unavailable on certain nights. Joakim Soria is a good name to go with, last year with the Detroit Tigers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, Soria and 67.2 innings pitched had an ERA of 2.53 including 24 saves, 23 of them with the Detroit Tigers. Soria has also shown that despite him being a closer for the majority of his career, he does not fall under the category of such when it comes to pitching in non-save situations. The question is if Soria is a good fit for the Mets bullpen in 2016 and whether his price tag would be worth it for a man going into his age 32 season.
The New York Mets have made it very clear that they want a pitcher of his caliber in that bullpen. Although with the new is coming out that the Mets may tender former closer . Jenrry Mejia, it is feared that the Mets may be going internal when it comes to answers in the bullpen. Within this current regime of front office and ownership it would not be surprising if the Mets decide to give Jenrry Mejia another chance to redeem himself rather than fork over what would think to be about $10 million for a pitcher that won't be the closer 100% of the time. The New York Mets have a decision to make, do they risk being shorthanded down the stretch if Mejia once again gets into trouble or do they sign Soria and have a deeper bullpen to begin the season. I think if the for the right price you can get a man like Soria for around $8.5 million I think it would be worth it especially with the concerns about Mejia and if he will even be anywhere close to half the pitcher that he was considering he might've been performance-enhancing his entire career. The winter meetings are approaching and hopefully answers will be as well, but until then the debate will continue.