Soria is the second-best relief pitcher on the market in the eyes of most people. The 31-year-old is a bit younger than O’Day, but has a checkered medical past. The two-time All-Star was bad in 2011, missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery, and then struggled upon making his return in 2013. Soria has bounced back from his injuries, but is not nearly as dominant as he once was during his best years with the Kansas City Royals.
Soria does have some closing experience, not that the Mets are looking to replace Familia any time soon. While Soria is quite as good as O’Day, he would be a solid pickup if the Mets cannot land O’Day. A combination of Soria and Familia in the eighth and ninth innings should keep most leads safe in Queens.