Mets Exercising Option On Relief Pitcher Jerry Blevins

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork)The Mets will have arguably their best relief pitcher back in the fold next season.

In an expected move, the team is picking up the $7 million option on left-hander Jerry Blevins’ contract, Jon Heyman of WFAN and FanRag Sports reported.

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Blevins, 34, made a team-high 75 appearances this past season and had a 6-0 record and 2.94 ERA. In 49 innings pitched, he struck out 69 batters and walked 24.

Mets relief pitcher Jerry Blevins (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Blevins was acquired in a trade with the Nationals just before the 2015 season. Since joining the team, he is 11-2 with a 2.72 ERA. A broken arm — suffered when he was hit by a line drive and refractured when he slipped on a curb a few months later — limited him to just seven appearances his first year in New York.

The 10-year veteran broke into the majors with the Oakland A’s in 2007 before being dealt to the Nationals before the 2014 season.