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Mets looking around for bullpen help

Dec 29, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Mets are “scouring” the market for bullpen help. He mentions Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps among those still available, but it’s unclear whether the Mets have any interest in those specific pitchers.

Frank Francisco had surgery earlier this month to remove a bone spur from his pitching elbow, but he’s expected to be ready for spring training. Still, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson could add an alternative for the ninth inning if the right opportunity arises. The Mets put most of their resources last offseason into upgrading their bullpen and they were worse in 2012 than they were in 2011, so they’ll likely look for last-minute bargains and hope for the best.

As of now, Francisco projects to open the season as the closer while Bobby Parnell will be the primary set-up man. The rest of the bullpen is a bit of a question mark, as they will likely be relying on youngsters like Josh Edgin, Jeurys Familia and Robert Carson to take on more prominent roles. Greg Burke, who was signed to a minor league contract in November and has since been added to the 40-man roster, should also be in the mix.

  1. bobwsc - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

    Ike Davis for Aceves and Bailey. Boston gets a 1B and can quit the shenanigans with Napoli, rid themselves of a maniac in Aceves and closer #2 in Bailey, and the Mets have guys for the 8th and 9th. granted one is a maniac, but he could pitch in a variety of roles (spot start, long relief, 6th/7th inning guy).

    • chill1184 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:41 AM

      Those must be some interesting drugs that your taking if you think Alderson would even entertain such a thought.

    • jwbiii - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM

      I agree with chill that this isn’t something Alderson would do, but let’s play What If.

      So who’s on first in this scenario? The Mets don’t seem likely to spend the money for Adam LaRoche, Mike Napoli (if he and the Red Sox can’t get hip), or even Casey Kotchman. Beyond them, the free agent 1B market is kind of thin and old. Ok, Jason Giambi and Carlos Lee have put on a few pounds, but that’s not what I meant. I’ve read that the Mets think Wilmer Flores will hit enough for 1B, but he’s played all of seven games there in the minors. He hit well in a half season at AA, but that’s his total experience above A ball. He’s not a viable option for 2013.

    • American of African Descent - Dec 29, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Are you sure Boston would take that trade? Perhaps the Mets shouldn’t be so greedy: how about the Mets trade Ike Davis to the Rays for Joel Peralta, Roberto Hernandez. To sweeten the pot, the Mets might also toss in Johan Santana and the Rays could show some good faith with some delicious Florida oranges?

  2. spudchukar - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Whoever they find, he ought to get a lot of work.

  3. haroldkahoney - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

    Why is Chris Perez not mentioned as a possibility?. He is a top tier closer, which would certainly help the NYM, and he is certainly available from Cleveland.

    • chill1184 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:44 AM

      I like Perez but it also would depend what the Tribe would want in order to part with Perez. Alderson doesn’t believe in the overpaying for relief help mentality.

      • mazblast - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:27 PM

        Yeah, not overpaying for relief help worked so well for them last year.

        I’m not saying be stupid about it (although being stupid is a big item in the Mets toolbox), but pay what you have to in order to get some help, and don’t wait until February to do it. All you achieve by lowballing is to generate resentment and unhappiness, and isn’t there enough of that already just by being a Met?

        Of the three names mentioned, I’d say go with Valverde and/or Capps. K-Rod was enough of a circus the last time around with the Mets.

    • Kevin Gillman - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

      The Indians don’t have to trade Perez, and their bullpen is better with him in it, so the Mets will have to blow away the Indians for it to happen. We can always start with Ike Davis and another prospect, and go from there.

    • paperlions - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Because the Mets aren’t looking to trade for bullpen help, they are looking to add guys through FA. Perez is fine, but on a team like the Mets will field in 2013 (or 2014), he doesn’t add enough value to justify giving up any real prospects (or any cheap and useful players).

  4. cackalackyank - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    I thought a closer was a guy you brought in at the end of the game to protect a lead…I do not think the NYM will be in that position very often..maybe 60 times?

    • The Dangerous Mabry - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:41 PM

      Well, given that the all-time saves record is 62, I imagine the Mets would be just fine with 60 save opportunities.

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Brandon Lyon and Jason Frasor are available.

  6. historiophiliac - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:38 AM

    “He mentions Jose Valverde…”

    bahahahahahaha!

  7. cur68 - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Meanwhile, FORMER Mets pitcher, RA Dickey, got something pretty good fro Christmas. A set of footie, Star Wars themed Jammies from Lucas Films. He should ask Santa for a Chewbacca suit next year.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:02 PM

      I was wondering when that would finally show up here. No idea how Craig overlooked THAT…

      • cur68 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

        Jealousy, I suppose. Craig’s probably been asking for a Darth Maul costume and getting Jawa robes instead.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:00 PM

        (Shhhh, I was Leia one year for Halloween and I still have the white robe…not that I ever wear it. It’s a lounge dress/robe.)

        Craig as Chewy, eh? It would be weird to see him with sooooo much HAIRS.

      • indaburg - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:20 PM

        I can see Craig as Yoda.

      • historiophiliac - Dec 29, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        What? Yoda? No. Pretty sure he was Advisor #1 in the later movies from the scenes with all the bickering amongst the Senators — you know, where they’re arguing whether Darth should get in the Hall of Fame or if going to the dark side disqualified him.

  8. dalucks - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    I think the Mets could sign all three (Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps) to veteran minimum or minor league deals two days before spring training. The market has pretty much dried up for big deals so the closer you get to spring training then they will be more willing to sign.
    I would let them rotate between setup and closing roles all season based upon who is pitching well. Once someone dominates in the closing role then that person becomes the closer while everyone else remains bullpen support.

  9. exibitsman - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    the only pitcher alderson’s would
    sign in group would be Capps.
    capps would be a good pick up for
    the Mets young bull pen. they would be able to dump Frankie fransisco’s and save his salery to
    pay capp’s and still use Bobby Darnell as their set up man.

    • historiophiliac - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      Free verse. Cool.

      • Old Gator - Dec 29, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        I detect the influence of Phil Rizzuto there…

  10. dukepatrol - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:11 PM

    I’m a Mets Fan-They’re pathetic. Do they think I’m paying any money to see them? They should sign Brian Wilson.Give him a shot with a minimum salary. Trade Ike? U freakin Crazy? Where do you get 30 hr’s from and a good glove?

  11. thebadguyswon - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Avoid the hig priced relievers.

  12. thebadguyswon - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    Avoid the high priced relievers.

  13. blockedshotnyr - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Do not overpay any of these guys – do not want any relievers on anything more than a one year deal that you can move at the deadline for more future help…

    Capps I like the best of the three mentioned… Need to add a couple of low-cost, but effective arms – Marcum, Karstens as examples, as trade bait at the deadline.

    The suggestion of Ike for Aceves and Bailey is a joke – Ike is a part of the core…

    D’Arnaud, Wright, Davis, Tejada (prob at 2nd), Flores, Nimmo – just continue to add pieces.

  14. Old Gator - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Ding-ding!

    Will the real Brian Wilson please report to orthopedic surgery immediately.

    Ding-ding!

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