The Mets will continue to monitor the market for free-agent relief pitchers, but are not likely to give anyone a major-league contract, Sandy Alderson said Wednesday morning at Tradition Field.
"At this point, we're more likely to see what happens over the course of the spring," he explained, noting that better deals could become available later in March.
He did say that, for now, Rafael Montero is being considered more as depth for the starting rotation than as a relief pitcher. That said, Alderson feels it's difficult to know exactly what Montero's role will be until he gets back pitching again on a regular basis.
Jeurys Familia, Antonio Bastardo, Addison Reed and Jerry Blevins will be guaranteed four of the likely seven spots in the bullpen. Hansel Robles appeared in 57 games last season, so my guess is he's more or less a lock to also make the April squad. In other words, there will be a competition between Erik Goeddel, Sean Gilmartin, Logan Verrett, and Jim Henderson - and maybe Montero - to see who will round out the staff. Of course, as Sandy said, and as Jon Heyman reported earlier this week, the Mets may still be looking to acquire bullpen help later in camp.