Buzz: Mets and the Reliver Market

According to in-the-know Dan Graziano, from the Star-Ledger, the Mets have expressed interest in Jays LHP Brian Tallet, Giants LHP Jack Taschner, and Arthur Rhodes.

In 36 appearances for the Blue Jays this season, the 30–year-old Tallet is 0–1 with 3.11 ERA, while striking out 34 batters in 37 innings pitched.  He had an ERA below 4.00 to end each of the last two seasons.

Left-handed hitters are batting .273 against Taschner, while righties are batting .215.

Meanwhile, Taschner, 30, is 2–1 with a 3.18 ERA in 47 relief appearances for the Giants.  He is having his best season since making it to be the big leagues in 2005.

Left-handed hitters are batting .188 against Taschner.

Lastly, the 39–year-old Rhodes, who did not play in the major leagues in 2007, has struck out 24 batters in 19 innings, while posting a 2.75 ERA, in 33 appearances for the M’s this season, during which opponents are hitting .229 against him.

Left-handed hitters are batting .194 against Rhodes.

frankly, i’m not surprised the Omar Minaya is interested in rhodes…he’s a veteran, he’s been through several pennant races and he made the Mets look silly during interleague play

…that said, there are so many mid-level relief pitchers on the market, if the Mets want one, it should not be a problem making a move and he will not cost a whole lot either…

…for what it’s worth, from what i can gather, the O’s are asking for a high-impact, immediate-impact prospect in exchange for George Sherrill, and so the Mets, like most teams, are no longer interested…

…also speaking of relievers, cross Huston Street from your list of potential acquisitions…i just don’t see the Mets giving up such a bounty when they have more obvious holes and a farm system that cannot fill them all at once…

Graziano also discusses Bronson Arroyo, Roy Halladay, the O’s, and whether Fernando Martinez’s recent injury will impact how the Mets approach acquiring an outfielder.