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The Mets are willing to spend to add a “closer type”

Feb 3, 2014, 8:33 PM EDT

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The Mets signed veteran reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league contract today, but they aren’t done attempting to improve their bullpen.

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York was told by a source unaffiliated with the team that the Mets “have allotted dollars” to add a closer-type. Bobby Parnell is the incumbent at closer, but he’s coming off neck surgery, so the club would like to add some late-inning insurance for a bullpen that is short on experience. As of now, Vic Black would be the likely alternative for the ninth inning if Parnell suffers a setback this spring.

We heard two weeks ago that the Mets were interested in Fernando Rodney and Rubin’s source believes that he may be at the top of the club’s list. Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson, or Joel Hanrahan are among the other possibilities. The Mets showed interest in Grant Balfour before he signed with the Rays last month.

  1. musketmaniac - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    vic black could be a closer eventually. the mets at times looked close last year. they’ll be interesting next year.

  2. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    Fernando Rodney wants to say “Hey big spender, why don’t you spend it on me.”

  3. cackalackyank - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:32 PM

    So the Mets understand the need for a bullpen. Good to know.

  4. dondada10 - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:41 PM

    Take that money and invest it in a starting shortstop type, a.k.a. Stephen Drew.

  5. Old Gator - Feb 4, 2014 at 7:30 AM

    I like the idea of Kevin Gregg pitching for the Mutts. He’ll bring VETERAN PRESENCE to the first few rows of seats around the outfield.

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