Former Phillies prospect Trevor May, who has grown into an underratedly strong reliever, is headed to the Mets.
It’s a two-year deal in the vicinity of $15 million, according to Jon Heyman.
May is the first player this offseason to land a multi-year deal. Mike Minor signed a deal with the Royals that could cover two seasons but the second year is a team option.
May missed all of 2017 after undergoing Tommy John surgery but has been very effective since. The last three seasons with the Twins, he had a 3.19 ERA and 1.08 WHIP in 113 innings with 153 strikeouts. His main bugaboo has been the home-run ball.
We profiled May a few weeks ago as a potential fit in the Phillies’ bullpen because of his talent and upside, plus the fact that he didn’t seem to be in line for the sort of payday a Liam Hendriks or Brad Hand would receive.
The Phillies drafted May in the fourth round in 2008, the same round that produced Brandon Crawford, Dee Gordon and Jason Kipnis.
May became the Phillies’ top starting pitching prospect by 2011 but was traded with Vance Worley in December 2012 to Minnesota for Ben Revere as the Phillies sought a long-term replacement for Shane Victorino. The speedy Revere lasted three seasons with the Phillies and hit a singles-fueled .303 with a .694 OPS.
In New York, May joins a bullpen that includes Edwin Diaz, Dellin Betances and Jeurys Familia. He’ll be in line for setup work.