Showing posts with label 2012 Bullpen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2012 Bullpen. Show all posts

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Alderson says Jose Reyes and Bullpen are Mets priorities at Baseball Winter Meetings

According to Mike Puma of the NY Post, Alderson and the Mets' brain trust will arrive in Dallas today for the Winter Meetings with a limited amount of money to spend, unless you count the dollars set aside with the hopes of re-signing Jose Reyes. But that won't stop Alderson from trying to add pieces.

The Mets' pressing need is bullpen help. On that front, they are fortunate the free-agent market is saturated with closers and setup help. As much as they would love to trade for Oakland's Andrew Bailey, the more likely scenario has the Mets signing one or two relievers from a list that includes Frank Francisco, Jon Rauch, Brad Lidge and Matt Capps.

Alderson will also continue talks with Reyes' representatives this week. It remains to be seen if there are serious bidders for the All-Star shortstop other than the Marlins who have a six-year offer in the $75-$90 million range on the table and the Mets.

The Marlins are expected to up their bid, and could have Reyes in tow as they leave the Winter Meetings this week. But there still is a chance a team such as the Nationals, Brewers or Tigers will jump into the conversation, especially if Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder are removed from the board.

Morning Rumor Mill: Mets and five other teams interested in Luis Ayala

There are six teams in on free agent reliever Luis Ayala, tweets Jim Bowden of ESPN XM radio, including the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox.

Ayala was an excellent value signing for the Yankees in 2011 after inking a minor league contract in February. The right-hander, who did not appear in the Majors in 2010, posted a 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season and could land a Major League contract this trip through free agency.

Of the clubs listed here, the Mets, Jays and Rays, in particular, have several openings in their respective bullpens, while Ayala could simply provide depth for a team like the Yankees or Red Sox.


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sandy Alderson's agenda includes Reyes, Bullpen, Rotation

According to's Anthony DiComo, The Mets are ready to lay the groundwork for the 2012 Campaign at the GM Winter Meetings Dec. 5-8 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Mets GM Sandy Alderson first means of business will be the contract of Jose Reyes.. For their part, the Mets will enter these Meetings believing they at least have the right of last refusal on Reyes, should the Marlins or some other team blow him away with a nine-figure offer. So Alderson will continue to sit back and wait on Reyes, using the Winter Meetings as a springboard for other activities instead.

If Reyes does not sign with the Mets,  the Mets have been rumored to have interest in SS Jack Wilson ... 

The Next part of Alderson's agenda will be concentrated on the bullpen. The Mets hope to land one or two late-inning relievers to improve the bullpen. Though several former closers have already hooked on with new teams,

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:

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)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Closer Joe Nathan says Mets are on his radar

Roger Rubin of the Daily News was at The dedication ceremony for Stony Brook’s new baseball stadium yesterday culminated with big-league closer Joe Nathan throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.

It’s not a reach to envision that the next real pitch he throws will be in a Mets uniform.

“The Mets are a team on our radar for sure, but until we talk with them we can’t be sure how well we fit,” Nathan said Saturday in an exclusive interview with the Daily News. “I know what playing in New York is about and I know how passionate the fans are about the teams they like. ... I was a Met fan growing up and my friends from the area are giving me pressure to give them strong consideration.”

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson identified resolving the Jose Reyes situation and strengthening the club’s bullpen as the two top offseason priorities. With Reyes’ free agency shaping up to unfold slowly, the Mets could start addressing the relief corps first.

Nathan had a $12.5 million option with the Twins bought out for $2 million on Tuesday, making him a free agent. Though Twins GM Bill Smith said the club could try to re-sign him, the market for closers should be wide open with a number available and nearly as many openings.

After the midseason trade of Francisco Rodriguez to the Brewers, the Mets gave several players a shot at the closer role but none performed consistently enough to earn the organization’s trust. In fact, the only Mets relievers that appear a certainty to be on the team for Opening Day 2012 are righthander Bobby Parnell and lefthander Tim Byrdak.

In many ways – aside from his roots in Circleville, N.Y., and his childhood rooting interest – the Mets and Nathan are potentially an excellent fit. The Mets won’t be huge spenders and the 36-year-old righthander is looking to re-establish himself as a top-tier closer after an uneven 2011 in Minnesota following 2010 Tommy John surgery. “We are prepared to go either way, with a long-term or short-term deal,” he said.

“I’ve put time in and worked my butt off to return to closing games,” Nathan added. “I’m at the spot now where I know next season will be a good season for me. I’m fully healthy.”

After saving 47 games in 2009 he missed all of 2010 with an elbow injury and made it back in less than a year to regain the closer’s role out of spring training last year. But he didn’t do well, lost the role and eventually went back on the disabled list. The second half of the season was a different story: he was 1-0 with 11 saves in 11 chances and a 3.91 ERA after the All-Star break.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mets GM Sandy Alderson thinks stabilizing bullpen including closer will be top priority this winter

Matt Capps could be on Mets radar?
The Mets entering free agency this winter have $55 million tied up in just three players that include Johan Santana, David Wright and Jason Bay.

If they do not re-sign shortstop Jose Reyes, who would almost certainly cost them upwards of $20 million per season, the Mets still must fill out a large chunk of their Opening Day roster through free agency.

Given the team's holes, it would not seem prudent for the Mets to spend roughly one-fifth of their remaining budget on any closer, let alone one with a history of personal issues in New York. Toss in Alderson's perceived (if not entirely accurate) reluctance to spend significant money on closers in general, and it seems beyond unlikely that Rodriguez will return to Flushing.

Sandy Alderson did recently indicate that stabilizing the bullpen will be a top priority this winter.

"If you look at the bullpen as one of those areas of particular disappointment, I think we were thin there to begin with," Alderson said. "Really, most critical was [the loss of] Frankie. It led to a number of auditions for that closer role and some uncertainty as to other roles, and there's no question that blowing saves at a pretty spectacular rate is pretty debilitating on a team."

Outside of signing D.J. Carrasco, who struggled mightily after signing a guaranteed two-year, $2.4 million deal, the Mets spent almost no money on their bullpen last winter.

Discounting Carrasco and Rodriguez, whom former general manager Omar Minaya had inked to a three-year deal, the Mets committed a combined $3 million to the other five relievers on their Opening Day roster.

A group that included two Minor League signings and a Rule 5 Draft pick and represented less than three percent of their payroll.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Mets Free Agent Closer Options

Broxton might be on the Mets Radar
The Mets apparently are in a process looking for a new closer for 2012... Let's take a look at the list the Mets have to work with..

Here are the 2012 Free Agent Closers :
  • Heath Bell (34) - Mets reunion, not a chance in hell
  • Jonathan Broxton (28) - Coming off Injury, Low Risk/High Reward
  • Matt Capps (28) - Might come cheap,  might want to comeback to NL
  • Francisco Cordero (37) - $12MM club option with a $1MM buyout - Too Old
  • Frank Francisco (32) - If  Mets are desperate
  • Brad Lidge (35) - $12.5MM club option with a $1.5MM buyout - Too Much, Always Injured
  • Joe Nathan (37) - $12.5MM club option with a $2MM buyout - Too Much, Always Injured
  • Jonathan Papelbon (31) - A Real Bargain deal would have to happen here
  • Jon Rauch (33) - $3.75MM club option with a $250K buyout - "The Wookie" is a cheap option if his option don't get picked up
  • Francisco Rodriguez (30) - He said he would comeback, but do the Mets want him back??
  • Rafael Soriano (32) - $11MM player option or a $1.5MM buyout - Yankees regret this sign
  • Jose Valverde (34) - $9MM club option, no buyout - Don't think the Mets will be knocking if available

Out of this list, I would think the Mets would look anyone who has closer experience with a cheap price tag...

Jonathan Broxton is only making $7M in 2011, Broxton underwent season-ending, arthroscopic surgery on Monday to remove loose bodies from his right elbow, this after months of attempting to come back from a bone bruise that landed him on the disabled list in early May. And that was after Broxton's struggles from the second half of last season carried over to this season, as he posted a 5.68 ERA in 14 appearances.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Mets retain LHP Tim Byrdak for 2012

The Mets retained LHP Tim Byrdak today, signing the 37-year-old Byrdak to a one-year extension.

Byrdak, who signed a minor league deal in January after being let go by the Astros two months earlier, has a 2.95 ERA in 68 appearances this season. A true specialist, he’s thrown only 36 2/3 innings. Lefties, though, have his just .202 against him, and he has a 1.50 ERA in 24 innings since June 1.

The value of the deal wasn’t announced, but it’s safe to say it’s somewhere in the $1.2 million-$1.5 million range. Byrdak made $1.6 million last year with Houston, and he’s earned $900,000 with the Mets this season.
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