Before making a bigger splash with the Jed Lowrie signing, though that one came with some questions, the Mets made a smaller move on Thursday to acquire a lefty arm for the bullpen.
They signed Luis Avilan to a minor league deal with a spring training invite, bringing some much-needed southpaw depth to the pen.
“Luis is a left-handed quality Major League reliever who addresses another offseason priority,” Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said in a statement. “We are pleased to see these types of proven players want to be a part of what we are trying to build.”
Avilan was most recently with the division rival Phillies and pitched to a 3.18 ERA in only 5.2 innings at the major league level last season. Before that, he bounced around between the Braves and Dodgers and had his best season in Atlanta as a 23-year-old when he threw 65 innings to a 1.52 ERA and 5-0 record. Left handers have a career .213 average against him and he has a strikeout/walk ratio of nearly three against them.