Mets may be shifting focus to late inning bullpen help

Tyler Clippard


BaronThe Mets have already been active ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, acquiring Juan Uribe and Kelly Johnson from the Braves late Thursday.

But while they’ve reportedly been connected to some big bats who may or may not be available, and Sandy Alderson said the Mets are looking to make, “big moves,” such moves could come in the bullpen, where the Mets are lacking some strategic options in late-inning scenarios.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post is reporting the Mets may be shifting their focus away from offense and more towards acquiring a top setup reliever, although Mike Puma of the Post says the Mets feel they can acquire both a reliever and a bat ahead of friday’s deadline.

“The Mets seem more content that their offense will improve over the last two months with the additions of Johnson, Uribe and Conforto, the injury return of Travis d’Arnaud possible this week and growing belief David Wright might be ready for the last month of the season,” Sherman writes.

The Mets are not necessarily interested in acquiring a top closer such as Craig Kimbrel or Aroldis Chapman, Sherman says. Rather, they may be focused on the area of the market inclusive of Joaquin Benoit and Tyler Clippard.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported on Saturday the Mets had expressed interest in Clippard in a deal which would have included Ben Zobrist from the A’s.

The Mets very much need to consider another guy to shorten these games. For starters, the Mets really lack a left-handed relief specialist in the absence of Jerry Blevins. But they also need to consider an alternative to Jenrry Mejia who is not available for the playoffs thanks to his PED suspension earlier this season.

As for the big bats, Sherman confirms the Mets are interested in Justin Upton, but says the Padres want at least one top prospect inclusive of Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto, who are both off-limits in trade discussions.

In regards to Troy Tulowitzki, Sherman says the Mets aren’t sure if the Rockies will be willing to move their star shortstop ahead of Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline. Rosenthal also reported on Saturday the Mets had inquired about Tulowitzki’s availability this summer.

Original post, 1:31 pm, updated 7:41 pm

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