Mets still confident in finding a lefty reliever somewhere

Posted: March 29, 2015 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inman 

Brian Matusz is a lefty who could help the Mets but can the club scrap together enough money to afford him?

Brian Matusz is a lefty who could help the Mets but can the club scrap together enough money to afford him?

The Mets left-handed relief options continue to have lackluster camps, causing Sandy Alderson and company to look externally to find a replacement for Josh Edgin. Edgin underwent Tommy John surgery a few weeks ago,

The Amazins have serious interest in Orioles lefty Brian Matusz, who is available but would need Baltimore to pick up a significant chunk of the southpaw’s $3.2 million 2015 salary, making a trade unlikely. We wrote a few weeks ago that because of Matsuz’s salary he is unlike to be a Met this season. You can check out that article here.

According to Mark Saxon of ESPN LA the Mets are monitoring the Dodgers who have three left-handers with some upside in camp although two of those left-handers can be sent down so the team doesn’t have to make a deal.

The Mets didn’t have much interest in Cardinals lefty Sam Freeman, who was available before being dealt to the Rangers Saturday for a player to be named later or cash.

The Mets sent Scott Rice down to minor league camp Saturday. He was having a very poor spring after a rough 2014 so he will not be the left-hander to get the first opportunity at filling the LOOGY role for the Mets to start the season.

Dario Alvarez and Sean Gilmartin are the lone left-handed relievers still left in camp. Both have a good chance at making the team if the club doesn’t find a lefty outside the organization.

Stay tuned as this could get interesting in the upcoming week….

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