This has to be one of the best weeks in the past two years for Mets fans. First a deal goes down that lands closer Francisco Rodriguez in Flushing Meadows. Right after that, set-up man J.J. Putz is dealt for Joe Smtih, among other players, to the Mets. Today, the good news kept rolling in after Scott Schoenweis left the organization.
Anyone that hasn't heard of or felt the impact of Schoenweis is lucky. He was probably the least reliable relief pitcher in the last few seasons for the Mets. Last September, when the Mets gave away a division lead to the Phillies at the end of the line for the second-straight season, Schoenweis went 0-3, including a loss in the final game of the season. He is mediocre and tends to get worse as the season goes on. His 2-6 record with a 3.34 ERA speaks for itself really speaks for itself.
So with all of that being said and knowing that S.S. is 35 years old, he really shouldn't have much trade value. That's why the Mets only got 27-year-old Connor Robertson. Last year he only appeared in 6 games and posted an 0-1 record and a 5.14 ERA. His MLB-career has been very short so it's not clear how good he will be this next season.
All of that doesn't mean this wasn't a good deal, though. Schoenweis was one of the least-popular players on the Mets roster last year, and he helped (though this help isn't the good kind of help) the Mets blow 29 out of 72 save chances. A 57.9% save-percentage is flat-out terrible, and Connor, like most pitchers in the MLB, should put the "relief" in "relief pitcher" better than Scott did while with the Mets.
The improvements keep rolling in for the Mets bullpen. K-Rod, Putz, and Connor should all help pitch in to drastically cut down the blown saves count this upcoming season. Bringing up a 57.9% mark should be relatively easy for this trio, and it gives something Mets fans can look forward to.