Goodbye ” Perpetual” Pedro Feliciano, it pains me to see you go, but with your advanced age (35), and diminishing skills due to being overused the last three seasons, I would rather get the sandwhich pick than to see you start to break down on a nightly basis.
With the recent defections of Feliciano and Hisinori Takahashi, along with the release of Raul Valdes , well the Mets bullpen has become alot thinner of late.
Our bullpen currently consists Ryota Irigashi, Manny Acosta, Bobby Parnell, and Francisco Rodriguez – in other words we are three pitchers short of having a somewhat decent bullpen. Yes we have some in house candidates such as the unimpressive Tobi Stoner,the recently resigned Mike O’Connor along with Sean Green ( if he doesn’t get non tendered ). It is also possible that the Mets extend spring training invites to former major league relievers Brian Bruney and Chad Cordero. Terry Collins did over see their production last season when he was the minor league field coordinator last , when both Cordero and Bruney were optioned to the Buffalo Bisons.
The Mets could also sign a free agent reliever if they can’t swing a trade for one or if they don’t like their minor league options.
Here is the list of currently available free agent relievers courtesy of MLBTR.com :
Right- handed relievers
Grant Balfour (33) – Type A, offered arb
Miguel Batista (40)
Denny Bautista (28)
Boof Bonser (29)
Manny Corpas (28)
Jesse Crain (29) – Type B, offered arb
Juan Cruz (30)
Elmer Dessens (40)
Brendan Donnelly (39)
Chad Durbin (33) – Type B, not offered arb
Kelvim Escobar (34)
Kyle Farnsworth (35)
Chad Gaudin (28)
Matt Guerrier (32) – Type A, not offered arb
Aaron Heilman (32) – Type B, offered arb
Bob Howry (37)
Mike Lincoln (36)
Mike MacDougal (34)
Doug Mathis (27)
Guillermo Mota (37)
Fernando Nieve (28)
Micah Owings (28)
Chan Ho Park (38)
J.J. Putz (34) – Type B, offered arb
Jon Rauch (32) – Type B, not offered arb
David Riske (34)
Takashi Saito (41) – Type A, not offered arb
Chris Sampson (33)
Scot Shields (35)
Jeff Suppan (36)
Koji Uehara (36) – Type B, not offered arb
Tyler Walker (35)
Jeff Weaver (34)
Dan Wheeler (33) – Type A, not offered arb
Jamey Wright (36)
Joe Beimel (34)
Tim Byrdak (37)
Bruce Chen (34)
Randy Choate (35) – Type B, offered arb
Scott Downs (35) – Type A, offered arb
Pedro Feliciano (34) – Type B, offered arb
Randy Flores (35)
Mark Hendrickson (37)
Ron Mahay (40)
Will Ohman (32)
Dennys Reyes (34)
Arthur Rhodes (41) – Type A, not offered arb
J.C. Romero (35)
Bobby Seay (33)
Scott Schoeneweis (37)
Hisanori Takahashi (36)
Taylor Tankersley (28)
Randy Williams (35)
Granted there are no real sexy names on this list that the Mets can afford to go after , but I feel that Joe Beimel, Will Ohman and Chad Gaudin should be offered contracts.
We all know that more than likely this will be a transitional year for the Mets and there will not be alotof money thrown around by our front office this season. So how would you go about re-structuring the bullpen?
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!!
Mets alumni celebrating birthdays today are :
Today would have been Cookie Lavagetto’s 98th birthday (1912) . He was the Mets first base coach in ’62 and ’63 . He was also a beloved Brooklyn Dodger.
One of the most disliked Mets ever, George Foster celebrates his 62nd birthday today (1948) .
Current Mets pitching coach, Dan Warthen is 58 (1952) .
Reliever from the ’90 season, Dan Schatzeder is 56 (1954).
Reliever from the ’92 team, Tom Filer is 54 (1956) .
One time outfield prospect, Herm Winningham is 49 (1961). He would later be included in the trade that would bring Gary Carter to the Mets.
Mets reliever from ’89-’90, Julio Machado is 45 (1965).
Reliever from ’97-’99, Greg McMichael is 44 (1966) .
New York Mets traded pitcher, Bob Miller to the Los Angeles Dodgers for first baseman,Tim Harkness and utility infielder, Larry Burright on December 1, 1962.
Houston Astros drafted reliever, Jack DiLauro from the Mets on December 1, 1969.
New York Mets traded relief pitcher, Ron Herbel to the Atlanta Braves for third baseman, Bob Aspromonte on December 1, 1970.
Cincinnati Reds signed pitcher, Pete Smith of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 1, 1994.
New York Mets traded catcher, Todd Hundley and pitching prospect, Arnold Gooch to the Los Angeles Dodgers for outfielder, Roger Cedeño and catcher, Charles Johnson on December 1, 1998. and just a few hours later the Mets flipped Charles Johnson tot he Baltimore Orioles for headcase closer, Armamndo Benitez.
Philadelphia Phillies signed catcher, Brian Schneider of the New York Mets as a free agent on December 1, 2009. Mets fans everywhere yawned in unison.
And don’t forget – there are just 121 days until the Mets open the 2011 season against the Florida Marlins in Miami and
128 days until the Mets 2011 home opener against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field.
Mo Vaughn is making his list and checking it twice !