John Axford (AP)

Mets to meet with agents for Axford, Gregg

The Mets plan to meet with the agents for free-agent relievers John Axford and Kevin Gregg (Duquette, Dec. 11).

They are also looking into free-agent relievers Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9) and RHP Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9).

Axford, 30, went a combined 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 75 relief appearances in 2013. He is reportedly negotiating with the Orioles (Morosi, Dec. 11) and Indians, who are interested in him as a closer (Heyman, Dec. 11).

Gregg, 35, went 2-6 with a 3.48 ERA in 62 relief appearances with the Cubs in 2013, allowing 53 hits and 32 walks in 62 innings.

Michael Baron, Contributor

The Mets are clearly concerned about Bobby Parnell‘s status for 2014, evident by the above reports. It seems they’re trying to find multiple options – along with Vic Black – in the event Parnell isn’t healthy or has issues bouncing back from his neck surgery.

38 comments
Ron Davis
Ron Davis

I like Axford and darkhorse is Chris Perez  i know him from Cleveland he has a great arm but he is a bit of a wild person off the field . but I do not think that will be a major problem. 

preplgm
preplgm

I like Axford. I really like Perez but I love Boggs. Getting 2 of these 3 would be remarkable . As much as I hate the signings of Colon and C Young , signing 2 of these 3 formers Cardinals would make this a decent off season and solidify a good bullpen .

I have never liked Kevin Gregg as a pitcher , professional athlete or person . He's no more than an extra bullpen arm as he can't be trusted in any big situations. His delivery is annoying and made for base thieves. Also he is the ultimate diva. Unfortunate enough to be around him on a few occasions and he thinks and acts as if he's a sports god or worst a rock legend . I know most pros are full of themselves but imagine a a place kicker on an NFL team with the attitude of John Rocker( minus the racism ) and Jordany Valdespin rolled together .

Any I would love all three of the former Cards with Ax and Perez having closer experience and both needing to prove last season was just a bad season. Boggs like Perez is fairly young and blessed with a talented arm. Either of these guys would be good. All three awesome. Which for the Mets means none of the above

nym4lyfe
nym4lyfe

I'm still in shock over the fact the Mets are actually spending money.

Sal Aspromonte
Sal Aspromonte

I remember when Kevin Gregg used to pitch for the Mariners, anytime they brought him in against the Mets how we still had a solid chance to come back.  That's not the type of pitcher I want to have coming out of our bullpen in the 8th/9th inning.  

Tom Gallagher
Tom Gallagher

While I feel like we don't need more help in the pen (at least compared to elsewhere) good solid veteran bullpen arms are useful in 2 ways: if you contend they can help guide the pen. If you don't they are great deadline trade fodder.

Edmahn
Edmahn

No to Kevin Gregg! He'd make me pine for the days of Armando Benitez.

kenmetskni
kenmetskni

Rosenthal reports that the Dbacks are looking for a starting pitcher. They have 4 legit SS candidates. Montero or Gee for Chris Owings!!

Macacawitz
Macacawitz

What they've done is a start.  Are we grateful, of course.  That said there's still a tremendous amount of work to do.  Mets fans have spent years wandering in a desert.   These acquisitions are sound first steps, but they won't by themselves advance the Mets into the position of contenders for a playoff spot.  Granderson, at least in terms of power, is an upgrade over Byrd, Colon is a placeholder for Harvey.  There are still at least 2 spots in the lineup that are in dire need of an upgrade.  Let's see what transpires as we move forward. 

cver
cver

I'll add to what I wrote sort of denouncing the Colon signing that at least getting Colon and the Grandy Man show that we are serious and can help us get other guys.  The momentum/snowball effect of that - whatever you want to call it could be a good thing.

Rolando Pavon
Rolando Pavon

Earlier this morning most Met fans were ready to walk the plank.

cver
cver

If they are really thinking about getting Axford, that could be nice!  I'm surprised that they are signing guys - hope this all works out.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

Well there goes that idea...pass on Greg please. I wish they would give Tommy Hanson a chance to pitch in Citifield. Big time low risk high reward guy

Justin Anthony
Justin Anthony

Wow Mets are being aggressive. I guess I owe the Wilpon's an apology

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

Wow look at the Mets meeting with agents


Man it feels good to have a team involved in the hot stove again. Makes me proud to be a mets fan. Thanks boys

TJ Pallan
TJ Pallan

Grab axford, that stache could look great in a mets jersey. Greggs garbage. I remember Beltran hitting a game winning grand slam with 2 outs off him when he was with the marlins

Steven Matregrano
Steven Matregrano

I would like a John Axford in our BP.. he could be a good fit

matt520
matt520

I would not either one closing games but wouldnt mind one coming in as veteran support to this bullpen. Play the hawkins role

ac0814
ac0814

I would do that in a heart beat.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@cver I think you hit the nail on the head. Whether Colon and Grandy work out or not (Which I think they will), it shows the fans and free agents now and next year that the Mets are finally a destination and we are starting to build something with our young pitching and piecing offense together

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Rolando Pavon I think after 4 years of the same nonsense, we were not sure what to believe, like the story "boy who cried wolf"

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@Justin Anthony I'm sure that will make them feel much better that you're almost back onboard.

Bob Wolfe
Bob Wolfe

@Victor Triguero I'm sure Sandy and his lieutenants have talked to every agent and GM possible at the meetings. It's just that Sandy and Co. keep their mouths shut, unlike guys like Minaya and Phillips, until a deal is sealed. Take for instance yesterday and today when they were being lambasted by a lot of people and they knew they were close with Colon. Minaya would have said something, so would Phillips.

mikepiazza3186
mikepiazza3186

@TJ Pallan lol i was at that game in florida me and wife got into huge fight with bitter fish fans lol fun times

methead
methead

@grandymets @Justin Anthony The mets teams ability to get over .500 has very little to do with the Owners.  If the mets Cannot get over .500 with what they have now, its not the owners fault.  Its the players.

oddmanrush
oddmanrush

@bcleveland The Mets obviously need someone who is capable of stepping into the closer's role if Parnell isn't available. Signing a guy that has blown nearly 1 out of every 5 save opportunities kind of defeats the purpose.

Gland1
Gland1

@bcleveland Mets fans are good at that, especially regarding Beltran....

Bringback86
Bringback86

Well said Victor. I couldn't agree more.

Victor Triguero
Victor Triguero

@Gland1 @bcleveland whole-heartedly agree. Beltran was never given a fair shake. Now I gotta watch this guy kill us in a yankee uniform...First Daryl now Carlos. My all time favorite players overall and favorite mets both donning the hated pinstripes after being with the Mets for a good chunk of their careers...Arrrrrggghhh!!