Just two hours after promoting Zack Scott to acting GM, the Mets have already made another move. Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup will be coming to the Mets on a one-year deal, pending a physical.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic first broke the news.
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After missing out on top lefty reliever Brad Hand, Loup is a more than solid option. The 33-year-old brings experience, having pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, San Diego Padres, and most recently the Tampa Bay Rays. In nine seasons, he owns a career 3.38 ERA and 123 ERA+. In that span he has held left-handed hitters to a .232/.301/.319 slash line. However, righties have fared much better against him, hitting .264/.333/.424. Still, these numbers are serviceable so don’t expect him to be used solely against lefties.
Loup represents perhaps the final piece of the Mets bullpen puzzle. With a quality lefty reliever now locked in, the team can turn its attention to the rest of its needs.
While salary details are currently unknown, Loup is likely to command a price between $1-$1.5 million for one year.
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