The Mets are among 12 teams this winter in the market for relief pitching, ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick tweeted this past weekend (Nov. 30, 2015).
According to Crasnick, the market for relievers is being held up by teams first exploring trades for closers Aroldis Chapman and Mark Melancon, and waiting to see where free-agent Darren O'Day inks a new deal.
The Mets expect Rafael Montero's shoulder to be 100 percent next spring, and Josh Smoker, Erik Goeddel, Logan Verrett and others will be considered for the Opening Day bullpen. However, they're going to need a veteran or two to help set up Jeurys Familia. Insiders expect free-agent relievers Tyler Clippard, Tony Sipp, Ryan Madson, Mark Lowe and Shawn Kelly to all get two-year deals. Meanwhile, Sandy Alderson reportedly also has interest in free-agent set-up men Joakim Soria and O'Day, who are expected to get three-year deals, since nearly half the league is pursuing them.
In the event the Mets miss out on Soria and O'Day, and Alderson refuses to give a two-year deal to someone else, he'll be left again offering minor-league deals to guys like Matt Belisle, Trevor Cahill, Jason Frasor, Jerry Blevins, Craig Breslow and others, which could put them in the exact position as last season. And, I'm not sure that's going to be good enough this time around...