What should the Mets do with the bullpen in 2013?

Michael Baron , Contributor

The Mets bullpen has a 2.41 ERA in their last 56 innings, a span 17 games.

Still, their overall 4.68 ERA remain second worst in baseball behind the Cubs.

Earlier this week on SNY, Gary Cohen asked if the Mets should go with internal options in the bullpen next season, which would free up resources to invest in outfielders and catchers this winter.

It’s a very good question, and something the Mets should consider.

Yes, the Mets bullpen was a catastrophic mess through July. However, it’s been better of late and they have a lot of arms in the bullpen now who, while they are all hard throwers and still very raw, have performed well as a unit. I think it’s been helped by consistently having two left-handed relievers in the bullpen, but these young guys have shown they can get big outs in big situations to keep the opposition at bay. It’s not to say Robert Carson, Josh Edgin, Elvin Ramirez, Jenrry Mejia, Bobby Parnell and Jeurys Familia are ALL going to be answers for the bullpen, but they now have options who, like Cohen suggests, could allow them to shift their focus to other areas of the team (like outfielders and catchers).