Jim Henderson dealt with shoulder issues in 2014 and didn’t pitch in the majors at all this season, but the Mets have decided to take a flier by signing the reliever to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
After working his way to the majors in his age-29 season in 2012, Henderson found a home as the Brewers’ closer in 2013 by posting a 2.70 ERA with 28 saves and a 75/24 K/BB ratio over 60 innings. However, he lost his job to Francisco Rodriguez coming out of spring training last year and really struggled early on before landing on the disabled list with what was termed as shoulder inflammation. He eventually underwent surgery in August to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The 32-year-old spent most of 2015 with the Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate, posting a 4.55 ERA and 25/17 K/BB ratio over 29 2/3 innings.
Who knows if Henderson will ever bounce back to the pitcher he was in 2013, but there’s opportunity in New York’s bullpen at the moment. This is what spring training invites are made for.