Despite a woeful offense, it seems the only deal the New York Mets are interested in that moment (outside of a flirtation with Jonathan Lucroy), is one for a reliever. Recently, I attempted to help general manager Sandy Alderson by recommending in one post Brad Ziegler and in another one Joaquin Benoit. It was a game but futile effort as both players were eventually dealt elsewhere as Ziegler went to the Boston Red Sox and Benoit landed with the Toronto Blue Jays. Now word comes that Alderson and company might actually be ready to strike.
The side-arming right-hander, originally taken by the Mets in the third round of the 2006 Draft, is in the final year of a three-year, $15.75 million dollar contract he signed with the Angels prior to the 2014 season. He was brilliant that season, with a 1.81 ERA and 15 saves in 76 games and was forced to close when Huston Street was injured as Los Angeles captured the American League West title. The last two seasons haven’t been as pretty with a 3.58 ERA in 70 appearances last year and a 3.96 ERA in 37 games so far in 2016. However, his struggles this year could be the result of a stint on the disabled list because of a hamstring injury and right now he has seven consecutive scoreless outings.
Given New York’s futility at the dish, one would think the organization would do something to fix that. However, the asking price for Lucroy and even Steve Pearce (according to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick and mlbtraderumors) is a bit high for the Mets so they are better off more affordable options. One place to start would be the bullpen where even Jeurys Familia has been vulnerable lately.
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