Mets are talking to Indians about Vinnie Pestano

Posted: December 4, 2012 in Hot Stove, News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanuntitled

The Mets have been talking to the Cleveland Indians about reliever Vinnie Pestano at the winter meetings, Adam Rubin of ESPN NY reports. Pestano, 27, went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season while utilizing a solid sinker. He has only slightly more than two years of major league service time which means he is still under control for four years and not even eligible for arbitration yet. Pestano has been the 8th inning set-up man to Chris Perez but has arguably pitched better than Perez.

Pestano is arguably the most underrated reliever in all of baseball still making the league minimum. Look, Pestano is a quality reliever but images2I don’t see why the Indians would give him up. Right now the Indians main focus is signing outfielder Shane Victorino but they have been in some talks about trading Pestano to the Mets. It makes total sense; Pestano is a ground ball guy who had 76 strikeouts in 70 games and doesn’t make any money.

Pestano would make the Mets biggest weakness (closer) a strength. I just don’t see the Indians giving him up without something significant in return. The Mets are willing to give up lesser prospects but not their key guys and it would probably cost one of those key guys to get a great reliever like Pestano.

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