New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s “win-now” approach could include a significant addition to the bullpen, as a source tells MLB.com’s Jon Morosi that New York is interested in free-agent reliever Andrew Miller.
Miller is familiar with Mets manager Mickey Callaway, who served as the Indians’ pitching coach from 2013-17. But the landscape has changed for Miller since Callaway’s departure, as the lefty threw just 34 innings and endured multiple stints on the disabled list this past season while battling ailments in his right knee and throwing shoulder. Miller finished ’18 with a 4.24 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP — both his highest marks since he was primarily a starter with the Red Sox seven years ago — and he will enter his age-34 season in ’19.
Still, the Mets could use quality relief help as they enter a new era. SNY’s Andy Martino reported Tuesday that the club is thinking about pursuing a high-profile reliever such as Miller, Craig Kimbrel, Zach Britton, David Robertson and Adam Ottavino.
I’m not sure how I feel about this. Sure, everybody talks about that great year Miller had in 2016 and he’s had a great stretch from 2013 to 2018 as a reliever. But last year Miller was injured a lot and had a pretty down year at 34 when he did pitch. So concern about his age and body should be at a premium. Plus too, knowing how bad the Mets need bullpen help, I think that Robertson and/or Familia would be more reliable for the Mets and a better fit.