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Mets Sign Trevor May to Bolster Bullpen

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The Mets agreed to a deal Tuesday with a free-agent right-handed pitcher named Trevor — not Trevor Bauer, the National League Cy Young Award winner, but Trevor May, one of the better relievers in the majors as a setup man for the Minnesota Twins.

A baseball official with knowledge of the deal confirmed the agreement but spoke on condition of anonymity because May must first pass a physical exam. The deal will be for two years, according to ESPN.

May, 31, had a 3.86 earned run average in 24 games for the Twins last season, with 38 strikeouts in 23 ⅓ innings. Since returning from Tommy John surgery in 2018, he is one of only 10 active pitchers with at least 100 relief appearances, an E.R.A. below 3.20 and at least 12 strikeouts per nine innings.

A starter throughout the minors and early in his major league career, May has more pitches than the typical reliever. He abandoned his curveball last season, using fewer fastballs, more changeups and twice as many sliders as before. The combination helped him fan 14.7 hitters per nine innings, the best figure of his six seasons with the Twins.

Bauer, who led the N.L. with a 1.73 E.R.A. for the Cincinnati Reds, is the best starter of a thin free-agent group. The market is deeper elsewhere, with catchers J.T. Realmuto and James McCann, outfielders George Springer, Marcell Ozuna, Michael Brantley and Jackie Bradley Jr., infielders D.J. LeMahieu, Justin Turner, Didi Gregorius and Marcus Semien and closers Brad Hand and Liam Hendriks.

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