Blevins proved valuable for Mets last season and has been a top target of the team in recent weeks in an effort to solidify its bullpen. The 33-year-old posted a 2.79 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 73 appearances for New York in 2016, striking out 52 and walking only 15 batters over 42 innings.

The lefty was the Mets’ third free-agent reliever signed on Friday, joining Tom Gorzelanny and Fernando Salas.

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