The Mets are still looking at the free agent market for bullpen help, and may go see Brian Wilson throw again soon, Sandy Alderson told Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio today.
“It is conceivable we get one or two relievers,” Alderson said. “We’re actually looking to find somebody to pitch at the back-end. We might have to get creative to do so, but there’s definitely a possibility that we can upgrade there before the beginning of Spring Training. … I’m sure Brian is still in our mix, and other clubs as well.”
Earlier this month, Alderson told Mike Francesa on WFAN that he only saw Wilson throw 20 pitches in a private workout when was in an earlier stage of his rehab from Tommy John Surgery.
This winter, the Mets have signed LHP Tim Byrdak, LHP Aaron Laffey, LHP Pedro Feliciano, LHP Scott Rice, RHP Carlos Torres to Minor League contracts with invites to Spring Training.
Michael Baron, Contributor
It’s not as pressing of a need as the outfield is, but the Mets do need to add depth to the bullpen. I liked what I saw from Jeurys Familia, Josh Edgin and Robert Carson last season, but they’re still a little rough around the edges and the team could use another veteran to help guide them.
Earlier this month, reports said the Mets were not ruling out bringing back Jon Rauch. He is still unsigned and is said to have a very good relationship with Sandy Alderson dating back to his Olympic days. I wonder if he’s still an option for the Mets? He would compliment Bobby Parnell well in the bullpen, and he might provide a good, veteran presence for the younger guys as well.
Jan. 19: Giants GM Brian Sabean said it’s unlikely Wilson will return to the Giants (Puma, NY Post).
Jan. 17: Wilson is very interested in signing with the Mets. He has spent time in New York this winter, but is still in talks with a handful of teams, including the Tigers, some of whom are willing to offer a guaranteed deal, according to league sources (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com).
Statistics, reaction, and previous updates on Brian Wilson...
Jan. 15: The Mets were not impressed with Wilson, who they deemed not worthy of a major league contract at this point in his rehab from Tommy John surgery. “Physically, he’s not ready,” a source. “He’s got a ways to go.” (Puma, New York Post).
Jan: 14: Wilson also met with Sandy Alderson early last week, at which point people close to Wilson said he was very intrigued by signing with the Mets. Wilson wants a guaranteed deal, the Mets prefer to give him a minor-league contract. (Cerrone, MetsBlog.com)
Jan. 13: Wilson says he will be ready for Opening Day, “although a major league source said the reliever is not yet able to demonstrate in workouts that he is back to pre-surgery form.” No deal is imminent (Rubin, ESPN New York).
Statistics: Wilson made just two appearances for the Giants in 2012, allowing two runs in two innings. He has converted 171 of 196 save opportunities in his career and has pitched to a 3.21 ERA in seven big league seasons.
Contract: Wilson, 30, just completed a two-year, $15 million contract extension he signed before the 2010 season. The Giants non-tendered Wilson earlier this winter.
Michael Baron, ContributorAt worst, Wilson could serve as a strong insurance policy to Francisco, who is coming off a season filled with both ineffectiveness and injury. The Mets could offer Wilson an opportunity to rebuild his value; Wilson is coming off Tommy John Surgery and basically missed the entire 2012 season, but he should be ready in the early part of the 2013 season. He is a colorful personality and was outstanding in his years with the Giants, and I think he will be productive when he comes back. If he had gone to arbitration with the Giants, he would have likely earned between $8-9 million (which is why the Giants non-tendered him).