The New York Mets are looking to shore up their bullpen this offseason. The team is still weary on the return of Bobby Parnell next season after surgery on his neck. With LaTroy Hawkins leaving and the Mets’ bullpen not looking too great at this point, the team is starting to readjust its focus from big-time players to role players.
New York is interested in former Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez. Perez is a two-time All-Star who had a history of controversy during his time with the Indians. He has been the closer with Cleveland for the past four seasons, and recorded 36 saves with the team in 2012, a career-high. Last year, he saved 25 games, but his ERA ballooned to 4.33. With that, it looks like Cleveland has moved on and are willing to go with other options at the closer role.
The Mets’ current bullpen situation is not the best. The team does not have a healthy closer at this point, and Scott Rice and Vic Black are not going to cut it. Perez is the perfect fit because he is a closer and has experience in that role. New York paying him a substantial amount of money may be a problem because of GM Sandy Alderson being a Moneyball guy.
It will be interesting to see if the Mets pull the trigger or if they wait until the last possible second to get a better read on Parnell. Either way, New York is going to need more in the bullpen, and not just Perez.