Major League Baseball is built on rivalries that not only take place on the diamond but during the offseason as well. The New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are two rivals who've signed each other's players in free agency before, including the iconic Pedro Martinez.
If the Mets want to improve their roster ahead of 2023, they should consider stealing from the Phillies yet again. Philadelphia has several noteworthy players hitting free agency this week, so what better way for New York to get better than by taking the route that hurts its NL East rival in the process?
New York Mets Free Agency
Now that closer Edwin Diaz is locked down for the next five years, New York's bullpen needs help. With several of their own relievers hitting free agency, the Mets should make a play for Phillies righty Corey Knebel.
A one-time All-Star, Knebel has made a name for himself as one of the better late-inning pitchers. The 30-year-old veteran went 3-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 46 relief appearances with the Phillies last season, finishing 29 games while picking up 12 saves along the way.
Knebel also limited opponents to just 6.6 hits per nine innings while picking up 41 strikeouts over 44.2 innings pitched. Though his 5.6 walks per nine weren't his best clip, the fact that he held opposing hitters to a .202 batting average — well below the .250 MLB average — is something that shouldn't be ignored.
It's also worth noting that Knebel has had success pitching at Citi Field. It might be a small sample size, but he owns a 1.35 ERA with 11 strikeouts over 6.2 innings in seven relief appearances in the building, Knebel suffered a shoulder injury in August, meaning this could be a low-budget option for the Mets' front office.
With relievers like Trevor May, Seth Lugo and Trevor Williams potentially moving on to other teams, it's clear that the Mets need Knebel. This is a low-risk, high-reward signing and one that could be viewed very favorably by next October.
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