Friday, July 06, 2012
Mets Rumor Mill: Broxton, Street, Quentin, Rodriguez
With the trading deadline at the end of the month, here is a look at some of the players that have been mentioned to be fits for the Mets. The Mets obviously need a right handed bat and some relief help..
The Royals have indicated to other teams that they are willing to trade closer Jonathan Broxton, reports Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. Rosenthal lists the Mets as one potential suitor.
Broxton, 28, is owed approximately $2MM for the rest of the season and will become a free agent this winter. The right-hander has pitched to a 2.05 ERA with 20 saves in 23 chances, though his strikeout rate (6.8 K/9) is way down compared to his glory years with the Dodgers.
The Mets are actively seeking relief help, but it’s highly doubtful they’d trade for Huston Street, who publicly criticized Mets bench coach Bob Geren last year. Mets GM Sandy Alderson, who insists they won’t trade top prospects, are likely to wait until the end of the month before making any trades.
One prominent Mets player told Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the team could use a right-handed bat. “We can’t hit lefties,” the player said. The NL East features some elite left-handed pitchers so a hitter like Carlos Quentin might appeal to Mets GM Sandy Alderson.
One veteran player suggested to Martino that the Mets should stay away from Francisco Rodriguez because the reliever has “too much baggage.”
Stay tuned for more!