Mets running out of solutions to solidify bullpen

Posted: February 7, 2014 in Hot Stove, News
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By Steven Inman

Photo by NY Daily News

Photo by NY Daily News

Many of the relievers that have been linked to the Mets this offseason have signed elsewhere in the past few days. The Mets were very interested in former Rays closer Fernando Rodney who signed with the Seattle Mariners Thursday. Rodney received two years and $14 million, far more than the Mets were willing to offer.

The Mets had also been linked to former Cardinal set-up man Mitchell Boggs. Boggs, 29, badly struggled in 2013 after a dominant 2012. The Mets liked him a lot but were only willing to give the right-hander a minor-league deal. The White Sox signed Boggs Friday to a major-league deal worth $1.1 million.

Former Met Luis Ayala had a very strong year for the rival Braves last season and I speculated that he could become good insurance for Bobby Parnell. Well that will not happen now as Ayala signed the Washington Nationals. Despite his very strong 2013 season, Ayala only got a minor league deal with the Nats.

Don’t panic Mets fans there are still plenty of relief options available. Former Pirate and Red Sox Joel Hanrahan is throwing a light bullpen session today and his agent Mike Dillon has confirmed that the Mets were in attendance. Hanrahan underwent Tommy John in May so he likely will not be ready before the season starts. He doesn’t plan on signing until he’s 100% which won’t be until at least March.

This sounds a lot like the Mets interest in Brian Wilson last offseason. Wilson didn’t sign until mid season but had a dominant stretch run with the LA Dodgers.

Our old friend K-Rod resigned with the Brewers today, but the Mets didn’t seem to have a ton of interest in reuniting with him.

Who should the Mets bring in for their bullpen?


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