Trevor May Signs Two-Year Deal With Mets

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 16: Trevor May #65 of the Minnesota Twins pitches against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 16, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

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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