Bryan Shaw's past ties to Mickey Callaway could make the right-handed reliever an attractive free-agent target for the New York Mets.
Mike Puma of the New York Post reports the Mets have set bolstering their bullpen as a top offseason priority, and a “preferred option” could be the durable Shaw, who appeared in 79 games last season and has emerged as one of the majors' best setup relievers.
Callaway spent five seasons as Shaw’s pitching coach in Cleveland before being hired to replace Terry Collins as Mets manager last month. The 30-year-old Shaw owns a career ERA of 3.13 and has led the American League in appearances three times in the last four seasons.
Shaw ranks 36th on Keith Law's list of the top 50 free agents.
The Mets ranked dead last in the National League with a 4.82 bullpen ERA after finishing third in 2016. While the Mets would like to add a power bat and a starting pitcher, Puma says the front office will put plenty of effort into adding another reliever to complement Jeurys Familia, AJ Ramos and Jerry Blevins.
Puma says the Mets will look at a host of free-agent relievers and could even seek a reunion with Addison Reed, who was traded to the Boston Red Sox over the summer.
- Doug Mittler