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Mets “have pursued” Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano

Dec 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT


In their search for bullpen help the Mets “have pursued” Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Pestano has quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball since debuting as a 25-year-old in late 2010, throwing 137 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 168 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .197 batting average.

Pestano turns 28 years old in February, will make the minimum salary in 2013, and is under team control through 2016, so the Indians’ asking price figures to be significant.

  1. Kevin Gillman - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    How about no chance of that happening. If the Indians were to trade Chris Perez, Vinnie would be the closer. Nobody else, so it’s nice the Mets want him, but it won’t happen.

  2. burm61 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    No way it happens. Tribe have made it a point to say Pestano is the “Closer in Training.” This team’s future is Brantley, Kipnis, and Pestano.

    • Lukehart80 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      If one of the three most important players in a team’s future is a relief pitcher, that team should probably find something else to do.

      • tashkalucy - Dec 4, 2012 at 2:48 PM


        Recently Antonetti said something to the effect that he is thinking how ti put together a championship team.

        The guy has been in the front office for 12 years – both as Shapiro’s main assistant and as GM. And after TWELVE YEARS he’s thinking about how to put together a championship contender?!?!?!? Amybe he should ask Charlie Manual, Cliff Lee and CC Sabathia. They managed to do it as soon as they got away from the terrible organization.

  3. Lukehart80 - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:17 PM

    I assume the Indians approved the David Wright extension offer and that by Friday he’ll be on his way to Cleveland in exchange for Pestano.

  4. blantoncollier - Dec 4, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Now if the Mets were interested in Chris Perez I would be believe the story. See Perez costs the Tribe money and Vinnie–well he is under “tribe control” for a while.

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