The New York Mets have signed free agent relief pitcher Shintaro Funjinami and Jake Diekman. The Mets continue to add to their bullpen, and both of these pitchers are pretty solid relievers.
First, Shintaro Funjinami signed with the Mets for a one-year deal worth $3.35 million. The deal includes $850K in incentives. According to Jon Heyman of the NY Post.
Shintaro Fujinami came over to the MLB last year from Japan. He signed with the Oakland A's in 2023 but he was then traded to the Baltimore Orioles at the trade deadline.
The thing with Shintaro Fujinmai is that he is much better as a relief pitcher then a starting pitcher. The Oakland A's tried him as a starter, and didn't perform well. When he was traded to the Orioles he was used as a relief pitcher and was much better.
Shintaro Fujinami stats with the Athletics: 34 appearances, 5-8 record, and a 8.57 ERA.
Shintaro Fujinami stats with the Orioles: 30 appearances, 2-0 record, 2 saves, and a 4.85 ERA.
The other move the Mets made is signing Jake Diekman. The deal is a one-year deal worth $4 million. There's also a vesting option for $4 million in 2025 with 58 games pitched in 2024. According to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
Jake Diekman pitched with the Chicago White Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays in 2023. Diekman is a 12 year MLB veteran who has proven himself at the major league level to be a reliable piece out of the bullpen.
Jake Diekman pitched much better with the Tampa Bay Rays then he did with the Chicago White Sox in 2023. He fixed flipped a switch as soon as he was traded to the Rays at the trade deadline.
Jake Diekman stats with the White Sox: 13 appearances, 0-1 record, and a 7.94 ERA.
Jake Diekman stats with the Rays: 50 appearances, 0-1 record, and a 2.18 ERA.
The Mets have been active all off-season long. They continue that with adding Shintaro Fujinami and Jake Diekman. It's going to be exciting to watch the Mets bullpen in 2024, they're building a very solid one.