February 09, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) Left-hander Jerry Blevins has finalized a $6.5 million, one-year contract to remain with the New York Mets, who have been rebuilding their bullpen as spring training nears.

Blevins gets a $5.5 million salary this year, and the Mets have a $7 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout. He can earn $100,000 annually in performance bonuses.

The 33-year-old reliever agreed to the deal last week but needed to pass a physical for the agreement to be finalized.

Right-hander Ferando Salas, another member of the Mets bullpen last year, also agreed to a deal with the Mets last week that is in the process of being completed.

To clear a spot for Blevins on the 40-man roster, the Mets designated infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly for assignment.

Blevins went 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 appearances last year during his second season with the Mets. He struck out 52 in 42 innings and stranded 47 of 55 inherited runners, holding opponents to a .167 batting average (6 for 36) with runners in scoring position.

Blevins missed all but the first two weeks of the 2015 season after breaking his arm.

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