Richard Bleier is a pitcher I had my eye on all season long, and I was shocked he wasn’t traded at the trade deadline. A bit of a late bloomer, Bleier’s rookie season came in 2016 at age 29, then he immediately put up three solid seasons in a row as a left-handed reliever for the Yankees and Orioles. This season with the Marlins, he went 3-2 with a 2.95, and he now has a career line of 12-4 with a 2.96 ERA at age 34.
The Mariners depended primarily on Anthony Misiewicz to serve as their left-handed specialist this season (to my chagrin), but he certainly still has room to grow; his BAA and WHIP against left-handed hitters this season was .261 and 1.19, while Bleier was much more impressive with a BAA and WHIP of .211 and 0.77 against lefties. Bleier only has one more year left under team control, but he could play a big role in Seattle while they hope to contend in 2022.
The Marlins started their season with Corey Dickerson, Starling Marte, and Adam Duvall in their outfield, but ended up trading all three players during the season. Lewis Brinson, Jesus Sanchez, and Bryan De La Cruz all ended up taking their places, but Miami could be well-served to bring in another talented outfielder to join that young corps, especially with Brinson and De La Cruz both being right-handed hitters.