Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
According to someone familiar with the situation, there is still a chance the Mets work out a deal with free-agent RHP Roy Oswalt, despite what the New York Post reported this past weekend << click to tweet this.
Saturday, ESPN New York said the Mets had been showing interest in Oswalt, even after reportedly signing Shaun Marcum. However, later in the day, the Post said, “The idea didn’t get very far.”
I was told it’s still a possibility. Oswalt’s agent recently told Newsday he was not aware of the team’s interest. However, I wonder if that has changed in the last few days?
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 MLB Network Radio.
“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.”
I wonder if the Mets are considering Oswalt for a starter-reliever type role, like he did for Texas last season? The questions are: would he take a minor league deal, because I don’t think the Mets are looking to fill this role with a guarantee; and is he willing to pitch in relief? I was under the impression he was more likely to sit out and be a starter for just the second half, than he was to accept a minor league deal to maybe end up in the bullpen all season. But, who knows what he has in mind? He’s always been a bit of an enigma…