Mets plan to sign 1 or 2 relief pitchers to big-league deals

The Mets will likely sign one or two relief pitchers to Major League deals, in addition to one or two more on Minor League contracts, Sandy Alderson told reporters by phone last night, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

Money, Alderson said, “is not an issue at this point. We still think there are very cost-effective options.”

According to DiComo, the Mets are the only team to not a sign a free agent to a Major League deal this winter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Yes, yes, I know, money certainly becomes less of an issue when you shop at the dollar store… In all seriousness, in regards to relievers, I am totally fine with this strategy. Year in and year our we see all across baseball that it is foolish with very little reward in spending big bucks, and long-term deals, on bullpen help. It rarely pans out over the terms of the deal, and quite often bogs down the bullpen and creates complicated roster moves for management.

The Mets need an arm or two out there they count on, so signing a guy or two to a guaranteed one-year deal is totally fine. But, I prefer to go the other route, sign as many random free agents as possible, lean on graduated arms (such as Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin, Robert Carson, etc.) and see what works… and if it doesn’t, the GM has options to send guys down, promote others and cut people at little cost.