The Mets bullpen ranks seventh in Major League Baseball with a 3.16 ERA.
But recently, their performance as a group has begun to trend downward, as they’ve allowed 17 earned runs in 27 1/3 innings over their last seven games. For the moment, only Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia are serving as their truly reliable arms in situations which are close and late after the sixth inning.
The Mets have needs on the left side of the bullpen as well as a reliable right-handed pitcher who can take control of the seventh inning.
The Mets are still exploring the possibility of shoring up their bullpen, and they’ve already made an attempt to improve the left side by acquiring Eric O’Flaherty and calling up Dario Alvarez.
But O’Flaherty has been inconsistent in his ability to get left-handed hitters out, and while Alvarez has been very effective against left-handers in the minors, he is an unproven commodity in the majors.
So the Mets are continuing to explore ways to improve their bullpen ahead of the current waiver period expiring on August 31, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
They have considered former Met closer Francisco Rodriguez as an option, according to Puma 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 2015 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.
One reliever the Mets don’t appear very interested in is 38-year-old Fernando Rodney, according to Puma. Rodney was recently designated for assignment by the Mariners after posting a 5.68 ERA and only 16 saves in 54 appearances in 2015.