In a post to Twitter, ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Mets and A’s “seem to match up” for a deal for RHP Grant Balfour.
In 11 appearances in the month of June, Balfour has a 0.71 ERA, having allowed a run on six hits with four walks and 11 strikeouts in 12 2/3 innings.
Overall, Balfour, 34, is 1-1 with a 2.61 ERA with eight holds and seven saves in 37 games so far this season.
Balfour signed a two-year, $8.1 million deal with the A’s in January, 2011. The A’s hold a $4.5 million option on him for 2013 with a $350,000 buyout.
On Wednesday in the New York Post, Ken Davidoff said the Mets are looking outside the organization for bullpen help and are expected to be involved in trade talks for Balfour, Padres closer Huston Street, and Astros RHP Brett Myers.