Mitchell Boggs

Mets still interested in Boggs, but nothing pressing

The Mets are still interested in free-agent reliever Mitchell Boggs, but have nothing on the front-burner with any relievers at the moment (Puma, Jan. 21).

Boggs had a 2.21 ERA and 58 strikeouts, in 73 relief appearances, for the Cardinals in 2012. He struggled to start 2013, was demoted, traded to the Rockies and later non-tendered.

Sandy Alderson said a few weeks ago that he was still looking to add a veteran bullpen arm, whether as a free agent or by trade, before the end of the offseason (Rubin, Jan. 7).

The Mets were first linked to Boggs in early December (Sherman, Dec. 9), they had also been connected to RHP Alfredo Aceves (Cafardo, Nov. 13), John Axford (Duquette, Dec. 11) and Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9), all of whom inked deals with other teams.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I’m totally fine with this way of building a bullpen. I like relying on mostly young arms that are easy to swap out, surrounded by a few veteran guys on minor-league deals that are equally easy to swap out. I stopped believing in the Scott Schoeneweis-style of building a bullpen around the time Schoeneweis stopped being good.

I don’t know this for fact, but I’m willing to bet that for every free-agent reliever that exceeds expectations there are three times as many that bust, and are later out-shined by guys from the farm system. Relievers, especially ‘closers,’ are way too inconsistent to bet on with long-term money…

As it stands, Bobby Parnell, Vic Black, Jeurys Familia, Gonzalez Germen, Scott Rice, Josh Edgin and Carlos Torres are the odds-on-favorites to end up in the opening day bullpen. I’m sure Ryan Reid will be in the mix, as will a guy like Boggs. I also expect we’ll hear a lot about minor leaguers Joel Carreno, Jack Leathersich and Jeff Walters. The Mets have also talked to Freddy Garcia‘s agents, because there may be a nice fit for him as a swing-man on this team…




21 comments
cmetsfan
cmetsfan

It bothers me during the season when they find ways to lose instead of finding ways to win. If the pen had a good day, the offense might shut down, or defense could cough it up.


I think you need at least three big names in pen, but the rest should probably be guys with incentive laden contracts, or even over paid with the instruction that they might be abused with work if it means conserving the bigger names in the pen.

Andy
Andy

Get this guy!

Marc Seldin
Marc Seldin

Does Sandy go to the winter meetings and then take vacation for the rest of the off-season? lol

sylow59
sylow59

"I don’t know this for fact, but I’m willing to bet that for every free-agent reliever that exceeds expectations there are three times as many that bust, and are later out-shined by guys from the farm system."

I am speachless - totally speachless, that this man is quoted on .MLB trade rumors.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

Would much prefer Torres to be the swingman. I have a feeling that German and Familia wont make the roster, and a guy like Boggs and someone like Reid will make the cut. They should definitely give Mazzoni a long look in a relief role, and maybe even bring back perpetual pedro for a chance to make the team as well!

Brad Houser
Brad Houser

of course nothing is pressing. sign 2 older vets, take winter off and remain status quo

grandpamet
grandpamet

I like the potential that a Parnell-Black-Familia back end of the bullpen brings


rico
rico

A lot of middling players used to "break out" back when Biogenesis and Tony Bosch were around

Kenneth Meltsner
Kenneth Meltsner

Freddie Garcia?!?  Why not just sign Carlos Silva and be done with it. Maybe it's not a popular position but I'd much rather see a young guy struggle than another 20 starts by a veteran has-been or never-was.  How many of these reclamation projects have we been forced to watch during the Alderson regime?  The guy would probably bring back Jose Lima if he were still alive.

mets2014
mets2014

it has been published that the mets will sign a veteran reliever on a major league contract, so Boggs does not fit that mold...perhaps they bring him in on a minor league deal, but they will likely sign a closer with a track record...kevin Gregg always comes to my mind as he could take vic black under his wing in the event that they unload parnell at the deadline...in that scenario Gregg could finish out the season as the closer as black learns on the job

Edmahn
Edmahn

They're more likely to sign Wade Boggs.

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

Another nonsensical headline.  Now I think we're just being baited.

jamets
jamets

@7up17togo


He wasn't great, but he had a couple of decent years before his wife died and he was left with 4 young children to deal with.

Dana Smith
Dana Smith

@Joe WenzelAgreed, unless he shows in Spring Training he can overcome his control issues, it just wont happen


Gland1
Gland1

I don't know, how many reclamation projects have we been forced to watch?

Edmahn
Edmahn

@mets2014 @Edmahn I'm available for half that amount. I've pitched in casual slow-pitch softball.  Think Chad Bradford and lots of beer.