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Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD.

Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have been linked to Matt Capps, Frank Francisco, Francisco Cordero, Octavio Dotel, Andrew Bailey and Huston Street at some point over the past few weeks.  The estate of Rod Beck may expect a call soon too.  That’s how bad Sandy Alderson wants relief pitching.

  1. uyf1950 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    How is it the the Marlins haven’t expressed a strong interest in those 2? They have expressed it in everyone else.

    • trevorb06 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:35 AM

      They’re only trying to hype up that they’re interested in the biggest names to sell some tickets and then say, “but we tried…”

  2. trevorb06 - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:44 AM

    Meanwhile the Twins continue to not care about their bullpen, or starters.

  3. proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Sign Rauch please. The Jays want the sandwich round pick they will get if he signs elsewhere.

    • cur68 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM


      More Anthopolous magic here, that anyone even thinks Rauch is worth a contract.

  4. areyesrn - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Brad Lidge? #LOLMets

    • purnellmeagrejr - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:39 PM

      Go ahead and laugh – they might just have the next Braden Looper in their sights!

  5. hushbrother - Dec 1, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Is it me or does it seem like the best bullpens each year are always kind of a surprise? The Royals this past year, for example, or the Angels in 2002 come to mind. Meanwhile, the teams that supposedly load up and enter the season with a. “stacked” bullpen seem to always fail to live up to the hype (i.e. the 2009 Red Sox.)

    This happens, I think, because a team that enters the year with an unsettled bullpen doesn’t have established roles for individual pitchers, and is in a position to give everyone an equal shot. This accomplishes two things: it creates more intense competition among the pitchers to earn the manager’s trust, and it allows the manager to quickly sniff out who’s got it working and who doesn’t.

  6. purnellmeagrejr - Dec 2, 2011 at 7:40 AM

    After I accurately predicted Jason Bay’s PWSI (see Jeremy Burnitz) would condemn him to be an albatross for the Mets I would be disgusted to see them go after Brad Lidge with similar PWSI issues (see Braden Looper.)

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