The Mets planned to meet with Axford’s agents during the winter meetings (Duquette, Dec. 11) and are also looking into free-agent relievers Chris Perez (Rubin, Dec. 9) and RHP Mitchell Boggs (Sherman, Dec. 9).
The Orioles have also made an offer to Axford (Morosi, Dec. 12).
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets are clearly concerned about Bobby Parnell‘s status heading into camp., evident by their interest in arms like Axford. It seems they’re trying to find multiple options – along with internal option Vic Black – in the event Parnell isn’t healthy or has issues bouncing back from his neck surgery. I wonder how successful they’re going to be in finding an external solution, considering they can’t guarantee guys like Axford the closer’s job. It could be a safer bet for him to go to a team where it’s his job to lose…
Axford, 30, went a combined 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 75 relief appearances with the Brewers and Cardinals in 2013.