The Mets on Friday agreed to terms with former Yankees lefthanded reliever Justin Wilson on a two-year, $10-million contract, a baseball source confirmed. The Mets did not announce the deal, which is pending a physical.
Wilson, 31, will become the top lefthander in a bullpen headed by closer Edwin Diaz, setup man Jeurys Familia and middle men Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, all of whom are righthanded.
Wilson went 4-5 with a 3.46 ERA in 71 games for the Cubs last season. He struck out 69 in 54 2/3 innings but had control problems, walking 33.
Wilson spent 2015 with the Yankees and went 5-0 with a 3.10 ERA in 74 games before being traded to the Tigers for Chad Green and Luis Cessa.
Wilson had a career-high 13 saves for the Tigers in 2016. In his career, he has 14 saves, 109 holds and 19 blown saves for a save/hold conversion percentage of .866. But he won’t be used as a closer by the Mets.
If the Mets plan to carry more than one lefthanded reliever, they can look at seven-year veteran Luis Avilan, who will be in spring training on a minor-league contract. They also have Stony Brook product Daniel Zamora, who pitched to a 3.00 ERA in 16 big-league appearances (nine innings) last season.
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