Pirates Trade Rumors: Mets Need Bullpen Help–Doug Slaten Anyone?
By Tom Smith
The New York Mets have the worst bullpen in the show. The Pittsburgh Pirates roster has pitchers who would help any teams bullpen, but the Mets are especially in need.
Hell, the Pirates have help in AAA that would help any team’s bullpen.
Mike Axisa of MLBTR cited the NY Post today and a Ken Davidoff post that has the Mets GM sounding a lot like Neal Huntington when he states:
"“It’s not too early to do the research,” Ricco said. “It’s probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several pre-emptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer.”"
But how much cash do the Mets have to work with? The relievers cited in the article are going to probably take some cash from the Mets to provide salary relief as compensatory picks are gone under the new CBA for players in their walk year.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson hasn’t ruled out the idea of taking on some payroll. He also sounded like he didn’t want to give up top prospects for bullpen help.
The NY Post article talked about Alderson getting Mets skipper Terry Collins the “best lefty” he could find. The Pirates have a rather good one in Doug Slaten–although he certainly didn’t help his cause last night when he walked three Phililes in a row, before striking out the next three.
Maybe Daniel Moskos in a little while? Or, perhaps, Neal Huntington dangles one of the Pirates young relievers that are pitching well–Tony Watson? Or maybe righty Jared Hughes?
We certainly think that Neal Huntington is talking with Alderson about a deal. We just wonder what Sandy is offering?