Just hours following the Cleveland Indians signing of veteran left-hander Boone Logan, another man is now off the market, which continues to shorten best available options. That being said, veteran left-hander Jerry Blevins will make his return to Queens in 2017 after agreeing to terms on a one-year, $6.5 million with the New York Mets, according to a report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
On Saturday evening, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported the terms of the contract while also mentioning that an option is included for the 2018 season, extending the deal to $12.5 million over two-years.
As noted by Rosenthal, the difference between Logan's deal and Blevins deal is that the 33-year-old free agent receives $100,000 with incentives in each year of his contract.
The last twenty-four hours have proven to be quite busy for the organization as the bullpen has been their main focus as of late, and so general manager Sandy Alderson has done virtually everything to provide more strength and stability over a brief period of time. As noted by Heyman, Blevins becomes a solid fit in the event that Jeurys Familia misses time while guys such as Fernando Salas compliments a significant need as well.
Speaking of which, Rosenthal reported on Friday afternoon that Salas was signed to a one-year deal, pending a physical examination, much like Blevins, both of which will likely be completed early next week.
One team that made an aggressive pursuit for the services of Blevins was the Toronto Blue Jays as his name was brought up numerous time in contract negotiations, however, there were no further advancements as far as signing goes with an open eye continuously circulating.
Toronto also looked seriously at Logan, however, he wasn't seen as a fit for Brett Cecil's replacement, which would see him alongside Blue Jays young southpaw, Aaron Loup, resulting in the signing of J.P. Howell on a one-year deal worth $3 million total.
Blevins has been with the Mets since 2015, following a trade from the Washington Nationals, and has been nothing short of strong as a back-end reliever. Over the course of the 2016 season, Blevins posted an ERA of 2.79 to go alongside a record of 4-2 in a total of 42 innings pitched. Over this span, he appeared in a total of 73 games played, 8 of which he finished, and 2 of which he saved.
Blevins was originally drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the 2004 amateur draft, however, would end up making his debut with the Oakland Athletics come September 16, 2007 after signing a deal on June 23, 2004.