6 Pitchers New York Mets Could Add To Bullpen Before 2014 Season
6 Pitchers The New York Mets Could Add To Bullpen Before 2014 Season
After ignoring their bullpen for much of the offseason, the New York Mets have recently decided to put forth some effort in trying to sign a veteran relief pitcher to help solidify their bullpen for the 2014 season. The team lost out on the opportunity to re-sign LaTroy Hawkins, and they have concerns about the health of closer Bobby Parnell, who missed the final two months of the 2013 season. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk, which is why they are starting to go after late-inning relievers.
The Mets made a strong push for Grant Balfour and were disappointed that he signed elsewhere despite a substantial offer. Rumors have also surfaced that the Mets are interested in signing Fernando Rodney, although reports indicate that Rodney is a long shot. But even if it’s not Balfour or Rodney, the Mets appear intent on signing a veteran reliever to help their bullpen.
Outside of Parnell, there are a lot of young and still unproven pitchers projected to be in the Mets’ bullpen in 2014, including Vic Black, Jeurys Familia and Josh Edgin. The Mets also have a deep contingent of prospects that may be ready to contribute out of the bullpen at some point in 2014. Even if a few of those pitchers end up helping the Mets this year, their bullpen still lacks experience. Thus, the Mets are looking to shore up the back end of their bullpen just in case Parnell isn't fully healthy. Here are six potential candidates:
6. Kyle Farnsworth
Farnsworth has been around a long time, and while he may no longer be a reliable late-inning reliever, he may still have something left in the tank. More importantly, he’d be a great veteran presence for a young Mets pitching staff, much like LaTroy Hawkins was for them last year. If the Mets can't find anybody better, signing Farnsworth might not be such a bad move.
5. Carlos Marmol
Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen loves himself a reclamation project, and Marmol could be just that. He’s not exactly the proven veteran that the Mets are looking for who can help mold younger pitchers, but he has great stuff. Unless Bobby Parnell has health issues, Marmol won't have to deal with the pressure of being the closer, so the Mets may want to take a flyer on him if he comes cheap.
4. Kevin Gregg
Gregg could be an ideal candidate for the Mets. He has experience as a closer, but he’s not the kind of elite closer that’s going to steal the job away from Bobby Parnell assuming he's healthy. The Mets could certainly rely on him to be a late-inning reliever until some of their younger pitchers grow into that role.
3. Fernando Rodney
Rumors have linked the Mets to Rodney, who would be a good addition to the Mets if he’s willing to accept a role as the eighth-inning guy. If Bobby Parnell is healthy, he’s going to be closing games for the Mets, while Rodney would be a great setup guy who could easily slide into the closer’s role if necessary.
2. Mitchell Boggs
The Mets have been linked to Boggs a lot this winter even after he had a rough 2013 season. Boggs was a quality reliever for the St. Louis Cardinals from 2010 to 2012, and even though he doesn't have a lot of experience as a closer, he’d be a solid addition for the Mets as he’s still young enough to bounce back from a down season.
1. Jose Valverde
Valverde had a rough 2013 season, but he has a long track record of success, and he may be able to recapture it with a change of scenery. He may be someone that the Mets can get relatively cheap on an incentive-laden deal following his struggles last year, so he’s not a bad guy to take a chance on.