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Mike Silva, in a post to his blog for New York Baseball Digest, takes a look at 11 "bargain bin" free agents that the Mets should consider this off-season.

Silva lists Erik Bedard and Brad Penny, as well as former Met Chad Bradford among his bargain bin list.

Silva doesn't believe that Bedard would require more than an incentive laden deal next season, but warns he is injury prone, and Penny rebounded nicely after leaving the Red Sox in August.

...i have always been high on Bedard, but he has struggled the past two seasons with injuries and another injury-plagued starting pitcher is not exactly what the Mets need next season...he made only 15 starts and none after July 25...that said, he was impressive with the Orioles in 2006 and 2007...he finished third in the American League with 221 strikeouts in 2007...if he is healthy, he is a top of the rotation starter, but that of course must be proven...

...Penny pitched real well down the stretch for the Giants, going 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA in September and totaled 15 wins all year, proving that he is over the arm injury that plagued him in 2008...he could fill in nicely in the middle of the rotation, but at this point i don't see Penny as a solution to the hole at the top of the rotation...

...with regards to Bradford, i would love to see the Mets re-acquire him...he can consisently get right handers out with that submarine delivery, and he and Pedro Feliciano would make for a great setup duo in the seventh and eighth innings...

For the full list of bargain bin free agents, check out Silva's post.

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