"The Mets may still bring back free-agent RH reliever Tyler Clippard, who suffered from what some thought was shoulder fatigue at the end of the season," Boston Globe columnist Nick Cafardo said Sunday.
The Mets signed Antonio Bastardo to a two-year deal in late January. However, they may not be finished adding to their bullpen, Mike Puma of the New York Post said last week.
In 32 games for the Mets last season, after being acquired from the A's in July, Clippard was 4-1 with a 3.06 ERA, while striking out 26 batters and walking 10 in 32 innings.
Feb. 1: The word in baseball is that he's looking for a similar deal to what Bastardo got from the Mets. I have no problem bringing back Clippard, but there's no way I'd do it for two years. Frankly, I don't think this front office is interested in giving him even a one-year deal, so it'll be a while before they find a compromise.
I get that Tyler has a track record of success, he was injured last season and we didn't see his best. But, that's all the more reason to avoid giving him a guarantee. He had no command after September 1. He totally lost the feel for his change up. And, until I see him back on a mound, healthy and looking strong, I can't lock up a spot for him in the bullpen...
Jan. 25: The way it stands, Jeurys Familia, Bastardo, Addison Reed, Jerry Blevins, Sean Gilmartin, Erik Goeddel, Carlos Torres, Logan Verrett and Hansel Robles can make for a nice bullpen. It has potential to be very stable and effective. But, it isn't scaring anyone. Also, it's very mix-and-match, which will put extra pressure on Terry Collins, who has struggled with this skill in previous seasons >> Click here to read more
Similarly, while Rafael Montero, Josh Smoker, Dario Alvarez, Seth Lugo and Akeel Morris, among other minor league options, will give Sandy Alderson personnel to pull from throughout the season, they do not provide experienced, meaningful depth.
Jenrry Mejia is capable of solving all of Alderson's problems, but he'll be serving a suspension and unavailable until late July... assuming he doesn't do something stupid again.
In other words, it's now time to make it rain minor-league deals. The Mets had been telling people all winter that they intended to sign a veteran reliever to a major-league deal. They've done that with Bastardo. It's now time to wrangle in as many veteran relievers as possible, from Craig Breslow to David Aardsma to Bobby Parnell to Clippard. The more options the better. Because, for all the power and presence in the starting rotation, the bullpen is still thin and weak -- even with Bastardo.