Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls.
Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at home compared to an ugly 5.05 ERA on the road.
The Mets are weighing a wide variety of low-cost bounce-back types for the back-end of their bullpen, including Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch, but considering that Qualls’ strikeout rate has declined over the past two seasons and he was a disaster as Arizona’s closer in 2010, he’s probably better suited to a seventh or eighth-inning role at this point.
Meanwhile the Mets lose out on another reliever:
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, RHP Matt Capps has signed a one year deal with an option with the Twins.
Last week, Mike Puma of the New York Post said “Paul Kinzer, the agent for reliever Matt Capps, says he hasn’t heard from Mets since the GM meetings,’ during which the Mets had told him they had a ‘possible interest’ in his client.
Capps, 28, went 4-7 with 15 saves and a 4.25 ERA in 69 games for the Twins last season. He signed a one-year, $7.15 million contract with the Twins last January to avoid arbitration.