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Jason Isringhausen unlikely to re-sign with Mets

Jan 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Back in August the Mets turned down a chance to trade Jason Isringhausen, pulling him off waivers when the reliever was claimed by an interested in team, but now Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that they’re unlikely to re-sign him anyway.

Isringhausen completed a successful comeback last season and provided the Mets with good value on a minor-league contract, throwing 47 innings with a 4.05 ERA and 44/24 K/BB ratio while also notching his 300th career save.

At age 39 and with his history of injuries securing a multi-year commitment or even a one-year deal for sizable guaranteed money was always going to be unlikely, but a source told Martin that “there probably isn’t a fit for him” in New York’s bullpen. However, the same source added that “he’s been talking to other teams and we think he’ll wind up elsewhere.”

He no longer has the raw stuff to thrive as a late-inning option and Isringhausen’s back injury flared up late in the season, but as a low-cost middle reliever he’d be a solid addition.

  1. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Is he likely to sign anywhere?

    • Old Gator - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:05 PM

      Why not re-sign with the Mutts? He’s full of VETERAN PRESENCE and he’s exactly the kind of sandbag you can lay down anywhere you want to start a rebuilding process while keeping the rain out.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:32 PM

        He shouldn’t sign with the Mets because he’s not ‘Amazin’ anymore ;)

  2. 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

    I guess the Mets will have to pull down that huge banner of him that’s hanging outside of CitiField.

    • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      They don’t really have one of him, do they? That would be all kinds of sad.

      • 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:36 PM

        Moneyball movie joke.

      • WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jan 26, 2012 at 3:10 PM

        Oh thank goodness. I knew the Mets were in a bad place, but good lord.

        In that case, any word on whether Alderson is considering Chad Bradford?

      • 18thstreet - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:59 PM

        It might have been my favorite moment in the movie (and I liked the movie).

        “How will we ever replace fan favorite Jason Isringhausen? He’s got a banner and everything!”

  3. eshine76 - Jan 26, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    Another guy that they weren’t going to resign and could have gotten something in return before letting him leave.

  4. blacubed - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Dear Walt,

    I hope you are listening! The Reds desperately need another ex-Card to help fill the roster.

    Sincerely,
    A Concerned Fan

  5. Chris K - Jan 26, 2012 at 2:58 PM

    I don’t get what constitutes “not being a fit”in a bullpen. You go in and pitch an inning. Unless you’re not good, how are you not a good fit? Any pitchers job is to get guys out. Good fit? Feh!

    • jwbiii - Jan 26, 2012 at 4:05 PM

      I don’t think it’s so much a fit in the bullpen as a fit in roster management. Last off season, Isringhausen was signed to a minor league deal and his role was to pitch well in Buffalo until someone in Queens was put on the 60 day DL or was really bad. Blaine Boyer obliged by being really bad and Isringhausen had an MLB job. This off season, Isringhausen wants a major league contract. The Mets don’t want to give him one. They have already signed Jeff Stevens and Fernando Cabrera for the role he filled last season.

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