Mets sign LH relief pitcher; Blevins and Romo still available

Mets sign LH relief pitcher; Blevins and Romo still available

The New York Mets and left-handed relief pitcher Tom Gorzelanny have agreed to terms on a minor league contract, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Gorzelanny, 34, allowed seven runs in three innings for the Cleveland Indians in 2016. He has limited left-handed batters to a .302 on-base percentage over 12 major league seasons. The team has yet to sign a relief pitcher to a major league contract this offseason.

Longtime San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo’s market is down to the Los Angeles Dodgers and a mystery team, according to CSN Bay Area. Romo, 33, has a lifetime 2.58 ERA with a .955 WHIP and a 5.6 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He served as the team’s primary closer from 2012-14 and recorded 84 saves for the 2014 World Series champions. Meanwhile, the Mets remain in contact with free-agent southpaw Jerry Blevins.

Gorzelanny will compete with left-handed relief pitchers Josh Smoker and Josh Edgin in Spring Training to make the Opening Day roster.

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