MLB Rumors: Mets Looking To Re-Sign One Reliever, Let Another One Go

The New York Mets have an arm's length-long list of free agents to attend to this offseason. Closer Edwin Diaz was the first, re-signed to a long-term contract. But there are other bullpen pieces they need to deal with. For one, they hope to bring back New York City native Adam Ottavino.

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets are reportedly interested in bringing back Ottavino "depending on his asking price." The problem is, the 37-year-old is expected to be looking for a multi-year deal, but, per Puma, "the Mets would prefer to avoid anything longer than one year for the veteran right-hander."

Ottavino had an excellent year in his hometown, posting a 2.06 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 79 strikeouts in 65.2 innings.

One longtime Mets reliever that likely won't be back, however, according to Puma, is Seth Lugo. The 33-year-old still hasn't heard from the Mets this offseason after posting a 3.60 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP in his 7th year in Queens. He's been pretty reliable over that period, with a 3.48 lifetime ERA and a 9.2-to-2.5 K/BB ratio.

Lugo has made overtures about returning to the starting rotation, which the Mets don't see in his future, which could help to lead to his likely exit.

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