UPDATE 1/31 9:00 a.m. ET: Even after signing LaTroy Hawkins to a minor-league deal last night, the Mets are still looking to made additions to their bullpen, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports:
#mets still looking for pen help, even after signing latroy hawkins. RA trade makes relief corps vital.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 31, 2013
#mets are still in the market for more relief help, perhaps even a closer, after signing scott atchison— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 29, 2013
Beyond Atchison, the Mets have signed relievers Tim Byrdak and Pedro Feliciano to minor league deals this offseason.
Still, New York continues to be in the market for bullpen arms. Frank Francisco is currently slated to be the Mets' closer for the start of the 2013 season, but his rocky first year (5.53 ERA) in the Big Apple seems to have the team looking into alternative options.
New York's bullpen candidates also consist of Bobby Parnell, Greg Burke, Josh Edgin and Jeremy Hefner.
If the Mets are to look to the free agent market for a late-inning arm, there are several options remaining. Matt Capps, Jose Valverde and Brian Wilson are a few of the more recent closers available, while Francisco Cordero, Kevin Gregg, Bobby Jenks, Brandon Lyon, Jon Rauch and Francisco Rodriguez all offer late-inning experience.