The Mets are interested in acquiring Rays closer Alex Colome, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, who says the Cardinals, Rockies, and perhaps the Cubs are also in on Colome.
Colome, 28, had a 3.24 ERA (3.37 FIP) and 1.20 WHIP with 58 strikeouts in 66 2/3 innings (65 appearances), while saving a league-leading 47 games last season for the Rays.
He earned $547,900 last season and is arbitration eligible each of the next three seasons, after which he is eligible for free agency.
The Mets contacted the Rays last offseason about trading for Colome, but the they refused to move OF Michael Conforto or SS prospect Amed Rosario, MLB reporter Peter Gammons wrote at the time.
In late-November, sources told MetsBlog's Matthew Cerrone that in return for Colome, the Rays are again asking for an every day zero-to-three position player and a team's Top 10 prospect.
The Mets expect to leave the Winter Meetings with a new reliever, who could arrive via trade or free agency, with the team reportedly trying to keep any potential free agent deal to two years, which you can read more about here.
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