MLB teams will surely rush into the back-up pitcher market once the lockdown is lifted and trades cleared.
It’s rare to find high impact young relievers in free agency, but the veterans who populate the market right now are quite good.
These three are all well over 30 years old, but are still good investments because they’ve been great for quite a long time and were very effective in 2021.
3. Collin McHugh
Already a solid starter when he was with the Houston Astros from 2014 to 2019, the team didn’t have room for Collin McHugh in the rotation in 2018, so they sent him to the paddock. lifters.
The experience worked wonders, as he had a 1.99 ERA in 72.1 innings, with 11.70 strikeouts per nine frames.
After a less successful 2019, he missed 2020 to recover from an elbow injury.
He returned to elite status in 2021, this time with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The 34-year-old right-hander had a tiny 1.55 ERA in 64 frames, with 10.41 puffs per nine innings.
He’s a real weapon in the bullpen and can easily fill a variety of roles.
He thrives as a multiple innings reliever covering a few frames per game, but he can also be an opener.
McHugh is one of the best veteran guns available for teams looking for a quality reliever.
2. Ryan Tepera
Ryan Tepera, 34, showed a lot in the 2021 MLB season.
First, he’s proven to be a very reliable reliever, as his 3.48 ERA career suggests.
Last season, he posted a solid 2.79 ERA between two teams, covering 61.1 frames.
He showed he can pitch for a rebuilding team like the Chicago Cubs (2.91 ERA in 43.1 innings) and was just as brilliant for a contender from the Chicago White Sox (2.50 ERA in 18 frames). ).
Tepera might be on the wrong side of the 30, but he’s still a solid contributor to any big-league field.
Last year he actually had the best season of his career, with 1.6 wins over substitution (WAR).
That should be enough to show MLB teams that he can always put out the best hitters in the world in any scenario.
I would rather they sign Ryan Tepera again or if not, they sign Collin McHugh
And maybe sign Brad Miller for a 1-2 year contract so he can give depth on the bench 🤷🏽♂️
I’m honest brother I’m not asking for much, this team in some ways is already in place
– Nick ✨ (@Sox_Nick) January 8, 2022
1. Kenley Jansen
At times, it seemed like Kenley Jansen, who has been closest to the Los Angeles Dodgers for most of the past decade, had finished as a highly leveraged contributor.
But he continued to work on his pitches and ended the campaign with excellent numbers once again.
In fact, he had his best performance in at least five years.
In 69 frames, the 34-year-old right-hander had an ERA of 2.22 and FIP of 3.08 (Fielding Independent Pitching).
It was his lowest ERA since 2017, when he finished at 1.32.
The Dodgers would be happy to bring him back into the fold for the 2022 campaign, but other teams could be on the artist’s side.
Jansen had a few gaps with his control, as evidenced by his 4.70 walks over nine innings, but remains an excellent reliever.
9 PR had 3 locations with ≥30% Whiffs in 2021
Kenley Jansen: FC, FS, SL
Seth Lugo: FF, SL, CU
Raisel Iglesias: FF, SL, CH
Collin McHugh FF, FC, SL
Chris Stratton: CU, SL, CH
AJ Minter: FF, FC, CH
Tejay Antone: FS, SL, CU
Enyel De Los Santos: FF, SL, CH
Brandon Bielak: SL, CU, CH pic.twitter.com/LcdjdGcbVo
– James Schiano (@JeterHadNoRange) January 11, 2022
There is a lot of mileage in Jansen’s right arm, as in addition to the regular season innings he has pitched a lot in the playoffs, but he should have at least a few years in the top flight.