Mets rumors: New York will target veteran relievers

Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The Mets will target veteran bullpen arms this winter.

The New York Mets will target veteran bullpen arms through free agency and trades this offseason, a team source tells Andy Martino of the New York Daily News:

"The young guys give us some depth, but we will still need to add," one source said.

Last winter the Mets also made their bullpen a primary focus. New York signed veteran relievers Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco and acquired right-hander Ramon Ramirez from the San Francisco Giants.

Despite their wheeling and dealing this offseason, the Mets bullpen entered the day with baseball’s worst ERA (4.67). Rauch has been solid for New York, posting an ERA of 3.59 over 73 appearances, while Ramirez hasn’t been as good as expected, maintaining an ERA of 4.24 over 58 appearances.

Francisco has faced the most struggles of all the acquisitions, as he’s only managed an ERA of 5.53 through 48 appearances. Rauch and Ramirez will hit the free agent market following the season, while Francisco is under team control through 2013. The right-hander will make $6.5 million.

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