The New York Mets should go get Joe Thatcher for their bullpen

Posted: March 11, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman

Photo by Fox Sports

Photo by Fox Sports

The New York Mets have used only one left-hander in their bullpen the past couple of seasons and it usually costs them dearly. In 2013 the only lefty in the Mets pen that could be relied upon was LHP Scott Rice. With this, it’s no coincidence that the Mets have had one of the worst bullpens in baseball the past couple of years. This season the Mets only expect to have one lefty in their pen with Scott Rice as their only real left-handed option left in camp.

Remember the team optioned LHP Josh Edgin to minor-league camp earlier this week.

The team could go with minor-league signing John Lannan but he has never been a reliever before. The team should go out on the trade market and acquire LHP Joe Thatcher. Thatcher, 32, is a very good left handed specialist. He has had very strong years for the Padres but has fallen out of favor in Arizona after being acquired by the snakes at the 2013 Trade Deadline for Ian Kennedy. Thatcher in 2013 went 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 72 games. Make no mistake about it, Thatcher is a lefty specialist. While he did make 72 appearances last season, he did that in just 39.1 innings.

There were rumblings that the Diamondbacks had interest in moving Thatcher. That seemed to magnify when the team signed former Met Oliver Perez to a two-year deal to be their primary lefty reliever earlier this week.

Thatcher would be a perfect fit to go with Scott Rice. Also Thatcher is making just $2.4 million, a fair rate for one of the MLB’s better left-handed specialists. Thatcher has also had a very strong spring to date. The Mets should certainly look into this.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – I agree but there are apparently a lot of deals and signings that the Mets have consistently needed to look into for several years now but just never seem to bother. So with this trend more and more Mets fans are seemingly not bothering to care any more about a team ownership that seems to refuse to do what needs to be done to turn the Mets into a consistent contending play off team. Nice try but in my opinion they are not really looking into any deal that will suddenly turn the Mets into a respectable winner. Thanks, Mike

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