The worst case happened for the New York Mets on Thursday. It was confirmed that star closer Edwin Diaz had torn his patellar tendon and is expected to be sidelined for eight months. So much for his 2023 season.
This leaves a gaping hole in the back of the Mets’ bullpen. David Robertson and Adam Ottavino are likely to get the first chances at closing out games, but the Mets still need to find another arm for their relief corps. Enter Zack Britton.
Zack Britton what New York Mets need
There was a time when Britton was one of the best relievers in the game. He was a brilliant closer before heading to the Yankees in a setup role, a true weapon late in games. A two time All Star, he posted a 1.84 ERA and a 1.051 WHiP over his 367.1 innings between 2014 and 2020, striking out 347 batters with 133 walks. However, he battled injuries over the past two seasons, leading to a 6.16 ERA and a 2.000 WHiP over 19 combined innings.
But Britton is healthy now. He had a third showcase on Thursday with the Mets amongst the eight teams in attendance. While he has yet to receive the type of offer he is looking for, it may be a matter of time. The Mets need bullpen help and manager Buck Showalter is their manager. Britton was a favourite of his during his time in Baltimore and provides plenty of familiarity. It would be a perfect fit.
It is also a move the Mets need to make. Brooks Raley is the only left handed reliever on their 40 man roster; Britton would have been needed even without Diaz’s injury. Now, with his experience in the ninth inning, he is even more necessary.
The New York Mets are still eyeing Zack Britton. They need to sign him to their bullpen as soon as possible.