The market for free-agent lefthanded relievers began to narrow Thursday night with Andrew Miller reportedly closing in on a deal with the Cardinals.
The Mets are still looking for help in that department, and along with the Phillies are showing heavy interest in trading for Rangers lefty Mike Minor, according to The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
But there's an obstacle to the Mets getting a deal done. Rosenthal reports that unlike the Phillies, the Mets are on Minor's 10-team no-trade list, meaning he would have to first sign off on any deal involving him going to Queens.
Minor, who turns 31 on Wednesday, has been both a starter and reliever in the majors, and could potentially fill both roles for the Mets. He entered the league as a starter for the Braves in 2010, spending five seasons in Atlanta before missing two years due to injuries.
Minor returned with the Royals out of the bullpen in 2017, recording a 2.55 ERA (2.62 FIP) and 1.017 WHIP in 65 relief appearances while keeping left-handed hitters to a .163 batting average.
He joined the Rangers rotation this past season, but took a step back. In 28 starts, Minor had a 4.18 ERA (4.43 FIP) and 1.121 WHIP over 157 innings. He is due $9.8 million in each of the next two seasons.
After adding a closer in Edwin Diaz and a setup man in Jeurys Familia, the Mets can still pick from relievers like David Robertson (who has been linked to the Red Sox) and Adam Ottovino (linked to the Yankees).