Mets Sign Shintaro Fujinami and Jake Diekman to Bolster Bullpen – Prepare for a Stronger 2024 Season!

NEW YORK, NY – The New York Mets made significant progress in bolstering their bullpen on Friday, coming to terms on one-year contracts with right-hander Shintaro Fujinami and lefty Jake Diekman, sources confirmed. Although the Mets have not officially confirmed either deal, these signings would give the team a stronger pool of relief options for the upcoming season.

The additions of Fujinami and Diekman come as the Mets look to strengthen their bullpen, which originally only had one reliever on a guaranteed contract at the start of the offseason. With the potential signings, the Mets will have a diverse group of pitchers to choose from, including the likes of Edwin Díaz, Brooks Raley, Adam Ottavino, and Jorge López.

According to sources, Fujinami’s contract is worth $3.35 million plus up to $850,000 in incentives, making him one of the top-paid pitchers in the Mets’ bullpen. Despite his struggles last season, the Mets have shown faith in Fujinami’s ability, particularly with his impressive fastball. The 29-year-old spent 10 seasons with the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball before coming to the MLB.

Meanwhile, Diekman, 37, is reported to have agreed to a deal worth around $4 million plus a vesting option for 2025. After some early struggles, Diekman showed improvement last season, particularly in his performance against left-handed batters. His potential signing will provide the Mets with a strong left-handed option to complement Raley.

The Mets have been proactive in fortifying their bullpen, not only with the signings of López, Ottavino, Fujinami, and Diekman to one-year deals, but also with the addition of several others on Minor League deals and waiver claims. This aggressive approach to building their bullpen reflects the team’s determination to address their weaknesses from the previous season, where they finished 22nd in the Majors in bullpen ERA.

With a plethora of pitchers vying for spots in the bullpen, the competition within the team will undoubtedly lead to stronger performances and provide the Mets with a more reliable relief corps. Additionally, the impending return of Edwin Díaz, who missed the entire 2023 season recovering from knee surgery, is expected to bring stability to the team’s bullpen as he reclaims his role as the closer.

As the Mets continue to build their bullpen, the team is poised to enter the upcoming season with a deeper and more versatile relief squad, providing hope for a stronger performance in the MLB.