The Mets’ predominantly right-handed bullpen has shifted a tad to the left.
After missing last weekend on the top lefty reliever on the market, Brad Hand, the team reached agreement Wednesday with Aaron Loup on a one-year deal, an industry source confirmed. The contract will become official upon Loup passing a physical. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first reported the agreement.
Loup, 33, pitched to a 2.52 ERA for the Rays last season, holding lefty batters to a .581 OPS. The lefty relief role the last two seasons with the Mets had been filled by Justin Wilson, who is a free agent.
Hand had been a top target before he signed a one-year deal with the Nationals worth $10.5 million. The Mets could have claimed Hand off waivers from the Indians for $10 million in November, but team president Sandy Alderson, in his press conference upon rejoining the organization, noted that new owner Steve Cohen still hadn’t been officially approved during that waiver period.
The Mets’ relief options consist of righties Edwin Diaz, Trevor May, Jeurys Familia, Miguel Castro, Brad Brach, Dellin Betances and Robert Gsellman, with it possible Seth Lugo will move back to…