Now that the 2013 season has concluded for the New York Mets, we have taken a look at overall breakdowns for the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen this past season. We will now take a look at every player on the roster from A (David Aardsma) to Y (Eric Young Jr) as our Mets 101 Player Review Series returns for its third year. In each review we will take a look at the player's 2013 performance and what role, if any, they can expect to have with the Mets in 2014. We kick off our series today with a look at relief pitcher David Aardsma.
2013 Stats: 43 Games Pitched, 2-2, 4.31 ERA, 39.2 Innings Pitched, 36 Strikeouts, 19 Walks, 4 Holds, 0/2 Save Opportunities, 1.46 WHIP.
2013 Story: After opting out of his minor league deal with the Miami Marlins on May 15th, Aardsma signed a minor league deal with the Mets on May 20th. After pitching well with Las Vegas, Aardsma was added to the major league bullpen on June 8th. Aardsma started out hot, and settled in as a steady but unspectacular member of the pen. Aardsma's ERA ballooned with a couple of rough outings in late August and early September, but he was a solid middle reliever for the Mets for the remainder of the season.
2013 Grade: B-. Aardsma was a solid member of the bullpen, but he was nothing spectacular. Aardsma got a few rogue save opportunities along the way, but struggled with those. Aardsma was a stable middle reliever, earning him a solid B-.
Contract Status: Free Agent
Odds of Returning: 25 Percent
2014 Role: Middle Reliever
Aardsma was a solid filler for the bullpen in 2013, but re-signing him is not essential. The Mets have a bunch of young arms in their bullpen already, including Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, and Jeurys Familia. The Mets will likely add a veteran right hander to serve as a mentor for the group, but it appears that LaTroy Hawkins would have the inside track on getting resigned for that role. Aardsma could conceivably return on another minor league deal, but expect him to look for a major league opportunity somewhere else.
Check back tomorrow as Mets 101's Player Review Series takes a look at reliever Scott Atchison.
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