The New York Mets are looking outside the organization for bullpen help, reports Ken Davidoff of The New York Post. Davidoff expects the Mets to consider several veteran options expected to be available this summer, including Brett Myers of the Houston Astros, Huston Street of the San Diego Padres and Grant Balfour of the Oakland Athletics.
Mets’ relievers have combined to maintain the major’s worst ERA (5.21) and its third worst WHIP (1.50). To make matters worse, New York’s closer, Frank Francisco, hit the disabled list this weekend with a strained left oblique muscle.
The Mets have indicated that they are not going to rule out increasing their payroll, though they do not want to trade away top prospects for relievers this summer.
Myers, Balfour and Street are all in the final guaranteed years of their deals, but each has an option I their contract for the 2013 season. Balfour’s is a team option for $4.5 million or a $350,000 buyout while Street’s is a mutual $9 million option or $500,000 buyout. Myers’ is a $10 million vesting option for games finished and other factors or a $3 million buyout.