Mets express interest in Okajima and other LHP

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets met with the Beverly Hills Sports Council today, a firm which represents LHP relievers Arthur Rhodes, Will Ohman, and Brian Fuentes.

According to Rubin, it was an ‘introductory meeting.’

Of the three, the most realistic candidate is Ohman. Fuentes probably wants to be a closer, although having him split time with Francisco Rodriguez could go a long way from keeping his $17.5 million 2012 option from vesting.

Rhodes will likely be out of the Mets price range. He probably won’t get a multi-year deal, considering he’s 41, but he was absolutely outstanding in 2010, and still has dominating stuff, holding both right and left-handed hitters below a .214 average.

Update, 9:32 pm:

Tonight on SNY’s Hot Stove show, Kevin Burkhardt said the Mets have expressed interest in LHP Hideki Okajima.

Okajima was non-tendered by the Red Sox last week.

He’ll be 35 next year, but he would likely come at a cheaper price than Pedro Feliciano, although he spent a lot of time on the disabled list last season.

No matter what, with the departure of Feliciano and Hisanori Takahashi, the Mets have to find arms to fill that void, considering they have no left handed arms in their bullpen right now. Having said that, Sandy Alderson has indicated he would be interested in right handed relief pitchers who can get lefties out, but I thinkbthey would be much better off if they had lefty options late in games.

Okajima has allowed 3.06 walks per nine innings over the course of his career, while going 4-4 with a 3.06 ERA in four seasons with the Red Sox. He earned $2.8 million in 2010 – similar to what Feliciano earned.