Mets Looking For Bullpen Help

At 5.21, the Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in baseball by three-tenths of a run. Closer Frank Francisco is out with an oblique injury and Bobby Parnell has taken over ninth inning responsibilities, leaving the setup work to Jon Rauch and Miguel Batista. Ken Davidoff of The New York Post writes that the club is looking for bullpen help outside the organization.

“It’s not too early to do the research,” said assistant GM John Ricco. “It’s probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several pre-emptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer.”

Ricco also indicated that sometimes “you try to catch lightning in a bottle,” using the team's 2006 acquisition of Guillermo Mota as an example. Mota pitched to 6.21 ERA in 34 games for the Indians before being sent to New York and posting a 1.00 ERA in 18 appearances that year.

GM Sandy Alderson told Davidoff that the club hasn't ruled out the possibility of adding payroll, but they are weary of trading top-shelf prospects for volatile relievers. Davidoff mentions that the Mets are likely to get involved in any trade talks for Brett Myers and Huston Street, and not to rule out Grant Balfour as well.


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43 Comments on "Mets Looking For Bullpen Help"


Guest
3 years 11 days ago

As long as nimmo, dan dekker, familia, wheleer and harvey i’m fine with with.

Guest
3 years 11 days ago

I like Balfour and Street out of these three but I also hope the Mets go after guys like Broxton and Gregerson.

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Loody
3 years 11 days ago

Broxton and Gregerson I think are high on their list of targets. 

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Loody
3 years 11 days ago

Joe Thatcher too

Guest
3 years 11 days ago

The Mets really need a lefty. I like thatcher..

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Rick Garcia
3 years 11 days ago

The Mets definitely need lots of bullpen help, but I’m very interested to see how Parnell does in his new role.

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3 years 11 days ago

Its not a new role. They tried to make him close last year and he was atrocious. But he looks like a new pitcher this season.

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Rick Garcia
3 years 11 days ago

I meant that it’s a new role for him this year buddy