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Mets have competition from Phillies for free agent Aaron Loup

Aaron Loup, who was the Mets’ best reliever this past season and one of the most effective relievers in all of baseball, is drawing significant interest on the free agent market.

The Mets and Philadelphia Phillies are among “many teams” talking to Loup, reports Jon Heyman.

The 33-year-old Loup, who signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Mets last offseason, said on Sept. 9 that he wants to remain a Met.

“I am hoping they intend to sign me back,” Loup told Mike Puma of The New York Post.

In his first season in New York, Loup was close to unhittable, with a 0.95 ERA and 0.93 WHIP to go along with 57 strikeouts in 56.2 IP over 65 appearances.

Loup allowed just one home run all season and was been a key weapon against both right-handers and left-handers.

Along with Loup, the Mets have free agent decisions to make on Javier Baez, Marcus Stroman, and others.