Sandy Alderson suggested Monday that he might put one a starting pitcher in the bullpen, in the event he's unable to make a trade before the start of the regular season.
"Hopefully we don't have an injury, but we do have some flexibility in the bullpen," Alderson said. "So, if somebody has to move to the pen for a period of time, I think that would be acceptable to us."
Alderson has reportedly been looking to deal Dillon Gee to re-open a spot in the five-man rotation for Matt Harvey.
November 19, 2014, 12:45 pm
Brian P. Mangan: The Mets will field the strongest possible roster in 2015 by keeping all of their starting pitchers, rather than trading them away for small, marginal upgrades -- and converting one or two of them to the bullpen.
Starting pitchers generally see an uptick in performance in relief. The average converted starter throws about 1 mph harder, strikes batters out 17 percent more often, and allows roughly 17 percent fewer home runs when pitching in relief. The net result of that is about one less run allowed per nine innings (Baseball Analysts, Nov. 2014).
Remember, Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia were all starting pitchers that converted to the bullpen and have experienced great success there >> Read more