This afternoon, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports said on WFAN that he believes the Mets will trade for a reliever.
“Colorado’s got guys — Betancourt is pretty good. Oakland has a few guys — they have Fuentes as well,” Heyman said. “There are relievers. Houston has Lyon as well as Myers . . . There are many guys who would make an improvement for the Mets’ bullpen at this point.”
June 26, 2012 9:45 am: This past weekend, ESPN.com’s Buster Olney said the Mets will probably wait until the All-Star break before digging in to the trade market for bullpen help.
However, today in the New York Post, Ken Davidoff says the Mets are looking outside the organization for bullpen help and are expected to be involved in trade talks for Padres closer Huston Street, Astros RHP Brett Myers and A’s closer Grant Balfour.
“It’s not too early to do the research,” Mets assistant GM John Ricco told Davidoff. “It’s probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several pre-emptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer.”
Davidoff explains that, because new rules prevent compensatory draft picks for players acquired by trade in their walk year, teams will be less likely to trade away prospects, so, “clubs out of the race might have to settle for some financial relief,” instead.
In other words, “The team willing to take on the most salary might win the player,” he says.
In regards to the names listed above, Street and Balfour are similar pitchers, with similar risks, downsides and upsides. I’ve never been a fan of Myers as a reliever, because he tends to unravel when things don’t go his way. Matt Capps probably would have been the best option, because he’s the most consistent, keeps the ball down, gets swings and misses and has a track record of moderate success late in games. However, he was recently put on the disabled list with inflammation in his shoulder.