Thursday, November 03, 2011

2012 Mets Free Agent Focus: Fixing the bullpen


In my Mets Free Agent Focus I will be outlining one of the Mets biggest needs, to fix the bullpen. Sandy Alderson has stated that he thinks the main focal point this off-season will be on the pen including the closer role.

Mets will look at Broxton to close in 2012
I have listed the free agents that the Mets will be looking at to fill the pen this off-season. By the way, don't discount the fact that the Mets will steering away from any Type A or B Free agents because one -  they usually cost money and two -  the Mets will not be giving up picks when your in a rebuilding mode. - So forget them (I scratched them out)..

Here are a list of 2012 Free Agents Relievers from MLB Trade Rumors:


Closers
Heath Bell (34) - Type A
Jonathan Broxton (28)
Matt Capps (28) - Type A
Francisco Cordero (37) - Type A
Frank Francisco (32) - Type B
Ryan Madson (31) - Type A

Joe Nathan (37)
Jonathan Papelbon (31) - Type A
Jon Rauch (33) - Type B
Francisco Rodriguez (30) - Type A


That leaves the Mets with two big options in the closer free agent pool, Nathan and Broxton! Nathan has admitted that he would play in the Big Apple, But Broxton is younger at 28 years of age.


Right-handed relievers
David Aardsma (29)
Jeremy Accardo (30)
Luis Ayala (34)
Danys Baez (34)
Miguel Batista (41)
Shawn Camp (36) - Type B
Todd Coffey (31)
Juan Cruz (31)
Octavio Dotel (38) - Type A
Chad Durbin (34)
Jeff Fulchino (32)
Juan Gutierrez (28)

LaTroy Hawkins (37)
Aaron Heilman (33)
Ryota Igarashi (33)
Jason Isringhausen (39)
Brad Lidge (35) - Type B
Scott Linebrink (35)
Mike MacDougal (35)
Guillermo Mota (38)
Pat Neshek (31)
Ramon Ortiz (39)
Vicente Padilla (34)
Tony Pena (30)
Chad Qualls (33)
Jon Rauch (33) - Type B
Fernando Rodney (35)
Takashi Saito (42) - Type A
Dan Wheeler (34) - Type B
Kerry Wood (35) - Type B

Jamey Wright (37)
Michael Wuertz (33)
Joel Zumaya (27)

Mets might go after a Chad Qualls to setup and he is known to close once and while. Joel Zumaya would be tempting , if he can throw without having his arm fall off.. There are some other options on this list worth mentioning like David Aardsma, Scott Linebrink, Mike MacDougal...

Left-handed relievers
Mike Gonzalez (34)
John Grabow (33)
Damaso Marte (37)
Trever Miller (39)
Darren Oliver (41) - Type A
Arthur Rhodes (41) - Type B
J.C. Romero (36)
George Sherrill (35)
Brian Tallet (34)

The lefty market is very small and thats why the Mets signed Byrdak when they could. The Mets can always use a George Sherill in the pen , if the price is right..
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