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…