Closer Greg Holland, right-handed relievers Neftali Feliz, Sergio Romo, and Joe Blanton and left-handed relievers Boone Logan and Jerry Blevins are getting the most attention right now on the free-agent market for relievers, according to MLB insiders.
According to the same sources, the Mets are among 10-12 teams looking to add a left-handed reliever, and they're among the 15 or so teams still in the market for a right-handed reliever.
I believe there are more teams interested in Logan than Blevins, with the Mets interested in both. I believe these two men will get guaranteed deals, especially when considering supply and demand. But, as the NY Post's Ken Davidoff pointed out Tuesday, one of the two may want to take a one-year deal so he can be in position for a longer-term deal next winter. In that scenario, Sandy Alderson and the Mets may be that pitcher's best option.
Sep 18, 2015; Holland (56) pitches at Comerica Park (Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)
In the case of Holland, I keep hearing he wants a two-year deal with a team in need of a closer, which is why I can't see him choosing the Mets. Instead, I bet he ends up with the Padres or Brewers, though a return to Kansas City makes some sense, as well.
In regards to the trade market, the Rangers, Orioles and Tigers appear to be the only teams actively shopping relief pitchers. Interestingly for the Mets, the Rangers and O's are also among the three teams repeatedly identified as possible landing spots for Jay Bruce. So, maybe there will finally be a match for the Mets here before all is said and done.
This is why I still believe Alderson's goal is to sign a lefty, trade for a righty, and then spend the rest of the winter scooping up anyone willing to take a minor-league deal. These pitchers, plus Robert Gsellman, Seth Lugo, Zack Wheeler, Josh Edgin, Josh Smoker and other in-house relievers, should give Alderson and manager Terry Collins enough arms to work with during the early part of the season...
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