Olney On Perez, Thornton, Inge, Mets

Most general managers prefer not to rush trades for bullpen help early in the season because relievers are so volatile, according to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney. Olney takes a look at some relievers off to hot starts in his latest Insider-only column. Here are some highlights:

  • Blue Jays left-hander Luis Perez has impressed an AL executive after striking out 14 in 12 2/3 scoreless innings to start the season. "He could be a starting pitcher, but to me, he's as good a left-handed reliever as there is in the American League right now," the person said.
  • Olney points out that left-hander Matt Thornton is pitching well and notes that the White Sox tried to trade him at last year’s trade deadline and again over the winter.
  • MLB executives have told Olney that they aren’t interested in acquiring Brandon Inge because he doesn’t contribute at the plate anymore.
  • Olney wonders when the Mets will be able to spend like a large market team and says manager Terry Collins “has done a terrific job” with the current roster.

8 Responses to Olney On Perez, Thornton, Inge, Mets Leave a Reply

  1. redsx968 3 years ago

    I don’t think they’re going to get much for Thornton unless they throw him in a few save situations

    • rockfordone 3 years ago

      You don’t know much about Thornton. One of the top LH set-up man in baseball.

      • vilifyingforce 3 years ago

         Setup men have far less value then closers though.

  2. redsx968 3 years ago

    I agree I don’t know much about him. I guess I should rephrase that. They would do well to let him close some to bump up his value if they want to deal him. I just don’t see them getting much- we’ll see though. Wouldn’t mind the Red Sox grabbing him midsummer if the price is right

  3. woooo luis perez… nothing like a unsung, overaged prospect finding his niche in the bigs. lots of K’s, lots of grounders, hard throwing lefty… a lot to like there.

  4. Time to Give Thorton the Closers role after santiagos past performances . Its obvious thornton should be moved to the closing spot 

  5. Brandon Lee 3 years ago

    I honestly think Collins is one of the best player managers in the league. He may not be the best situational manager, but he knows how to get the best out of his players. 

  6. alphakira 3 years ago

    Am I the only Mets fan that saw “Perez” and “Mets” in the headline and thought ‘oh no…’?

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