Trevor May Signs Two-Year Deal With Mets

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The New York Mets have signed right-handed reliever Trevor May to a two-year contract. The deal is currently pending a physical and should be made official later this week. The signing is the first free agent that new owner Steve Cohen has brought to Queens.

Trevor May’s Career Thus Far

For his career, Trevor May has a 4.44 ERA/3.65 FIP, a 1.304 WHIP, and 367 strikeouts over 316 innings (10.5 K/9). He missed all of the 2017 season after he underwent Tommy John Surgery to repair a torn UCL.

May is coming off a nice stretch with the Twins after converting to a bullpen role in 2018. From 2018-2020, he pitched to a 3.19 ERA/3.56 FIP, a 1.080 WHIP, and had 153 strikeouts in 113 innings (12.2 K/9). In 2020, Trevor May’s ERA went up a little to 3.86, but he also had a career-high 14.7 K/9 and struck out 39.6% of opposing batters faced.

Furthermore, May’s fastball velocity jumped from 95.5 miles per hour in 2019 to 96.3 miles per hour in 2020. That number ranked May in the 89th percentile for velocity, according to Baseball Savant. He also ranked in the 99th percentile for whiff percentage.

Trevor May’s Role With the Mets

Signing Trevor May helps the Mets bullpen that ranked 18th in the majors with a mediocre 4.60 ERA in 2020. With players such as Seth Lugo, Edwin Díaz, and Brad Brach already on the team, adding May puts another strong right-handed arm in the bullpen. While he probably isn’t a closer, expect Trevor May to get a lot of chances in high-leverage situations, and maybe get some occasional reps in as the closer.

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Mathias is a graduate student at the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. He is currently studying Broadcast and Digital Journalism on the Sports Media and Communications track. He graduated from The College of New Jersey in 2021, where he studied journalism and served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020 before taking over the MLB department in June of 2021. Mathias is also a former varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.