Mets left-hander Jerry Blevins has been claimed and blocked on waivers, curtailing the lefty relief market, sources tell FanRag Sports.
Blevins was seen as a potential trade piece, but he will now stay with the Mets. New York isn’t all that disappointed, as they like his $7 million option for 2018 and will exercise that to bring him back for another year.
Blevins is having an excellent year in the Mets’ pen, and several contenders have had an interest in him. On the season, the 33-year-old is 5-0 with a 2.78 ERA across 53 games and 35.2 innings. He has 50 strikeouts and just 17 walks on the year.
The lefty relief market is rather tight. While sources say star relievers Zach Britton and Brad Hand haven’t been put on waivers, there’s no chance either of them could get through waivers, either. And the Orioles are on the cusp of the race, anyway, so their interest in trading him is probably nil at this point. Most of the other viable lefty options were traded at the deadline, including Tony Watson and Tony Cingrani, who both went to the Los Angeles Dodgers from the Pittsburgh Pirates and Cincinnati Reds, respectively.
The Mets traded Jay Bruce after he cleared waivers, and could have an opportunity to still make deals. Asdrubal Cabrera, Curtis Granderson and A.J. Ramos all have cleared waivers — though the Mets are interested in keeping Ramos since he’s under contract for next year and they already traded prospects to acquire him.