WFAN’s Evan Roberts is right when he says on air that the Mets should look for a cash-for-player type trade to bring in an over-paid veteran arm for the bullpen.
Roberts suggested Francisco Rodriguez, who will earn $8 million this year. He will be a free agent at the end of this season, during which the Brewers are six games under .500. He also suggested Huston Street, who is having a terrific season for the Padres, who are 26-47 and in dead last. Street will earn $7.5 million this season. He has a $9 million option for next season, but a team buyout for $500,000.
This past off season, multiple reports indicated the Mets had interest in Street, despite his one-time feud Bob Geren, who is Terry Collins’s bench coach. The Padres eventually acquired Street from the Rockies last December.
Ordinarily, I am totally against making trades for relievers… especially in June… mostly because relief pitchers are incredibly inconsistent and rarely worth this level money.
Last night on Twitter, 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.
The Mets say they have money to spend on this year’s roster, and I’m sure they’d prefer to wait and see… However, their bullpen is a total mess and their internal options are underwhelming. Trading cash for a player like Street or K-Rod or someone else, who may or may not help, will at least a) add an experienced body to the roster, and b) show fans and their players that Ownership and management believe in the potential of this year’s team.