Former Cubs reliever agrees to $10 million deal with Mets
|Friday, January 25, 2019, 2:12 PM- -|
Another day and another reliever is off the boards during free agency.
Former Chicago Cubs left-handed reliever Justin Wilson has reportedly signed a two-year contract worth $10 million with the New York Mets on Friday. The deal is pending a physical.
The contract includes $500,000 in performance bonuses each year.
Wilson had a 3.46 ERA, 69 strikeouts, and high 1.43 WHIP with the Cubs last season. He held lefties to a .190 batting average in 2018.
His 5.43 walks per nine innings have been an area of concern over the last two seasons. However, he is a reliable bullpen performer with a 3.43 ERA and 11.9 strikeouts per nine innings during that span.
I like the Justin Wilson signing a lot for the Mets. It gives them another late-inning established arm where they don't have to rely on Luis Avilan and/or Daniel Zamora having good seasons. Still, I suspect the Mets will have multiple lefties in their Opening Day bullpen.— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) January 25, 2019