Earlier today, the New York Mets made two trades to add some depth to their bullpen.
The first trade was with the San Diego Padres, as the Mets gave up pitching prospect Cory Mazzoni for LHP Alex Torres. Torres performed well with San Diego last year, going 2-1 with a 3.33 ERA and 51 strike-outs in 70 appearances.
While Mazzoni has looked like a pretty good prospect for the Mets thus far, the Mets have significantly upgraded their bullpen by adding the 27 year old.
In addition to this, the Mets also traded outfielder Matt den Dekker to the Washington Nationals for LHP Jerry Blevins. While Blevins had a high 4.87 ERA last season, he will most likely be used as a lefty specialist. Blevins has given lefties only a .212 batting average over his career, holding them to an even lower .160 in 2014.
With the absence of Josh Edgin this season, Blevins will fill in his roll nicely and hopefully prove to be a dominant force against lefties. While den Dekker does have the potential to be a great outfielder, the Mets need to focus on the present and there was no room for den Dekker on the team. So, both of these trades will help the Mets immensely for the 2015 season.