New York Mets reach deal with left-handed reliever Aaron Loup

Oct 27, 2020; Arlington, Texas, USA; Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Aaron Loup (15) pitches during the sixth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers during game six of the 2020 World Series at Globe Life Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have reached a deal with left-handed relief pitcher Aaron Loup, multiple outlets reported Wednesday.

The deal is pending a physical.

Loup, 33, went 3-2 with a 2.52 ERA in 24 appearances last season with the Tampa Bay Rays after missing most of 2019 with an elbow injury. He struck out 22 and walked just four in 25 innings.

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Loup is 15-22 with a 3.38 ERA in 406 career games with Toronto (2012-18), Philadelphia (9 games in 2018), San Diego Padres (4 games in 2019) and the Rays.

The Mets targeted Loup after missing out on Brad Hand, who signed with the Washington Nationals. Loup gives the Mets a strong left-handed option out of the bullpen.

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–Field Level Media