Reports: Mets claim Marc Rzepczynski from Padres, deal unlikely
The Mets bullpen essentially has two, maybe three reliable arms in Sean Gilmartin, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia.
The rest of the Mets bullpen is made up predominantly with inexperienced, inconsistent or simply unreliable pitchers, and if the Mets are going to make any noise come October, it’s vital the Mets get improvement from the bullpen in that area of the game.
As such, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the Mets are in talks to acquire help for their sagging bullpen, although there’s no guarantee a deal will be completed.
The Mets have claimed another a reliever on trade waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, and it is not a reliever who cleared waivers.
And Rosenthal one of those relievers is Padres LHP Marc Rzepczynski, however Marc Carig of Newsday says a deal coming together for Rzepczynski is unlikely.
Rzepczynski, 29, is 2-3 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 2/3 innings over 60 relief appearances between the Indians and Padres this season.
Rzepczynski was acquired by the Padres by the Indians on July 31. He has generally been underwhelming this season holding left-handed hitters to a .257 average with a .650 OPS this season. Since joining the Padres, left-handed hitters are hitting .238 against Rzepczynski, although he’s only made 15 relief appearances for San Diego.
The clock is ticking on the Mets if they intend to add bullpen help from outside the organization. The waiver period expires August 31, and any player they acquire after that date is ineligible for the postseason.
The problem with the crop of available players at this time of year is, as was the case with Eric O’Flaherty, they usually come with significant salary and an underwhelming performance to date. So, while the Mets have shown a willingness to take on salary this summer, there might not be a lot of value available to them, regardless of how much the player makes.
But as the waiver period draws closer to conclusion and other teams are now out of contention, perhaps they saw something on the wire or a player recently cleared that could provide such value, be worthwhile risk, or both.
The club has considered acquiring former Met closer Francisco Rodriguez as an option, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. But they don’t want to commit to anyone beyond 2015, and Rodriguez is owed $5.5 million in 2016 with either a $6 million team option in 2017 with a $4 million buyout.
Still, Rodriguez would provide some much needed credibility to the Mets bullpen. He’s posted a 2.06 ERA in 45 games with the Brewers with 30 saves this season. he also knows New York, has playoff experience and brings a lot of energy the Mets are very familiar with.
The Mets are also considering putting one of Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz in the bullpen for the playoffs, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, and will likely audition Dario Alvarez as an option for the left side of the bullpen when rosters expand in September.
Original post, Saturday, August 29, 2:46 pm, update, August 29, 5:19 pm, August 30, 6:41 am