Mets re-sign LHP Jerry Blevins
The New York Mets today announced that the club has re-signed LHP Jerry Blevins to a one-year contract with a team option for 2018. In order to make room on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly for assignment.
Blevins made a career-high 73 appearances last year and stranded 47 of 55 inherited runners, tied for the most stranded runners in the majors. He went 4-2 with two saves and a 2.79 ERA (13 earned runs/42.0 innings). The 6-6, 190-pounder ranked second on the team with 16 holds in 2016.
He held opponents to a .167 (6-36) batting average with runners in scoring position last season. Blevins did not allow a run over 21 outings (April 30-June 22). It was the second-longest streak in team history. Mark Guthrie had a 33-game stretch without permitting a run in 2002.
Blevins held righthanders to a .182 (10-55) mark and lefthanders batted .255 (26-102) against him last year.
He is 5-2 with a 2.49 ERA (13 earned runs/47.0 innings) in 80 career games with the Mets. He was acquired on March 30, 2015 from Washington in exchange for outfielder Matt den Dekker.
Lefthanders have hit .214 (140-655) vs. him during his career.
Overall, Blevins has spent 10 years in the majors with Oakland, Washington and New York. He is 20-11 with four saves and a 3.44 ERA (142 earned runs/371.1 innings) in 425 games.