‘Robust Market’ exists for LHP Brian Matusz, Mets optimistic they can acquire someone

Brian Matusz

M BaronThe Mets continue to search for answers to their problems on the left side of their bullpen.

While they’ve seen improved performances from Sean Gilmartin, Scott Rice, and Dario Alvarez in recent days, none of their three candidates have stood out consistently this spring.

To address their obvious hole in the bullpen, the Mets have expressed interest in Orioles LHP Brian Matusz this spring, according to the New York Post. But while Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports said on Monday the Mets, “really want Matusz, they want Baltimore to offer some relief to Matusz’s $3.2 million salary in 2015.

However, Orioles GM Dan Duquette recently told Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and MLB Network a robust market now exists for Matusz, which has increased the likelihood the Orioles could move the left-hander.

In 2014, Matusz, 28, appeared in 63 games and finished 11 of them. He allowed 17 walks in 51 2/3 IP while going 2-3 with a 3.48 ERA, holding left-handed hitters to a .223 average.

In his career, Matusz has held lefties to a .211 average and a .620 OPS.

Even if the Mets are unable to land Matusz, team officials are still confident they’ll be able to acquire a left-handed reliever, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. The Mets intend to evaluate players who are placed on waivers next week, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

In addition, Article XX B free agents from this winter have to be informed by April 1 whether or not they’ve made their major league roster or be awarded $100,000 to go to the minors, meaning other free agents could become available.

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