Mitchell Boggs

Mets still looking for inexpensive, veteran reliever

The Mets are still looking to acquire a veteran relief pitcher, though it will likely be for a low-base salary, according to a source (Rubin, Jan. 30).

The Mets have shown recent interest in free-agent reliever Mitchell Boggs (Puma, Jan. 21), who 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.

15 comments
Zach Ripple
Zach Ripple

Why the Mets haven't already made a harder effort to sign Boggs is beyond me. He can't expect to get much after how abysmal he was last year. He has to be taking a minor league deal to reestablish value. My guess is he wants to go to the Astros so he can pitch as a closer or eighth inning guy and cash in next winter, but he would have a chance to move up the pecking order anywhere he goes. He is in a situation where he needs to prove himself, not make demands about his contract. My guess is he's holding out for a MLB deal he'll never get.

MetsFan1962
MetsFan1962

All inexpensive players....Welcome to the Mets.

madison1
madison1

what a  shocker mets looking bargain relief pitcher whats there pay roll 85 millon,  cheap. il be cheap too I watch the games on my couch ty wilpons

Nick Catino
Nick Catino

I know the Mets are cheap and I will offer them a deal, I will take $100k and pitch relief. I havent pitched in over 20 years im sure I will fit in just fine

Keith Wright
Keith Wright

Lets c if they can get armando benetiz back!!!!

chasesimms
chasesimms

Inexpensive?  Don't know about you all, but I am pumped!!

Robert Daly
Robert Daly

Sing Rodney and ownership needs to go !!

bill metsiac
bill metsiac

Why not, despite the baggage, give K-Rod a shot? He did a fine job as setup guy for the Brewers last season before being traded to the Os, and should be willing to do whatever's necessary to keep his career going with a new contract a year from now.


If he flops in ST and won't go to Vegas, he's easily (and cheaply) dumped.

eric88
eric88

Why inexpensive. The Mets are 14.5 million under last years payroll in this the year they will spend as promised. Another lie.

The Feels
The Feels

@eric88  Yet they haven't lied at all about creating a strong farm system through this rebuilding process WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT SANDY WAS BROUGHT HERE TO DO.