Terry Collins said he’s going to approach his bullpen like the Cardinals did in 2013, using young, power arms from the minor leagues to set up closer Bobby Parnell (Kernan, Feb. 4).
“We’ve got to fix our bullpen,” Collins said (TC Palm, Feb. 4). “We’ve got some young candidates; we’ve got some good arms with Vic Black. We don’t know who the fifth starter is going to be yet, but this game today, due to the way the pitching is being run, your bullpen is so very important. We have got to make sure that’s a priority as we go though camp.”
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The signed Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal Monday. And, they are reportedly looking to sign another free-agent reliever. These men, along with right-handed pitchers Gonzalez Germen, Carlos Torres and Joel Carreno, as well as LHPs Josh Edgin and Scott Rice, will compete to join Parnell and Black.
The Mets say Rafael Montero will compete for the fifth starter spot. I still believe he’ll get to the big-leagues as a reliever. He’s a small pitcher, he’s got pinpoint control, they say, and I’ve had more than one MLB player development person predict to me he could be outstanding in relief.
In addition to Montero, minor-league starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Cory Mazzoni will probably make noise in the spring as possible relievers. And, later in the summer, the team could look to promote minor-league relievers Jack Leathersich, Adam Kolarek and Jeff Walters.
They have options. The problem is there is no way to know how this is going to play out. It’s going to be a work in progress. Then again, most successful bullpens in MLB are…