This offseason, the back of the Mets' bullpen received a serious upgrade with Edwin Diaz coming aboard via trade, and Jeurys Familia making a free-agency return to Queens. Players like Justin Wilson, a veteran left-hander the Mets needed, joins the squad as well.
And then there's Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman, who come into Spring Training welcoming these new faces with open arms. Gsellman knows exactly how lethal this bullpen can be this season.
"My role doesn't really matter," he said after a workout in Port St. Lucie on Saturday. "We signed the best closer in baseball, we signed the second-best closer in baseball in Familia as well. So we're going to be really good depth-wise with Justin Wilson too. I'm just really excited to get going, to learn from those guys. It's just going to be a great year."
Lugo had himself a solid season in 2018, but he admitted he is feeling even better than he did at this point last season, especially his confidence.
"I feel better this year than coming in last year -- confidence and my health, my arm and shoulder. So I feel really good, really confident right now."
Gsellman and Lugo are also having some fun reconnecting with each other as the new season gets underway...