In the wake of the announcement that left-hander Josh Edgin will miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, the Mets have been scouting Orioles' lefty Brian Matusz, according to a report from Ken Davidoff and Dan Martin of the New York Post. It is currently unclear if the teams have had talks about a deal that would send Matusz to New York, though the Mets are known to be considering external options to fill their left-handed need following Edgin's injury.
New York has four internal southpaw options--Sean Gilmartin, Jack Leathersich, Dario Alvarez and Scott Rice--though they are known to be looking for outside help and have been linked to a few names on the trade market. Lefties Sam Freeman (Cardinals), Xavier Cedeno (Nationals) and Dana Eveland (Red Sox) were mentioned in reports as possible trade candidates for the Mets over the weekend, though the team does not appear to be closing in on adding one of those names at this time.
Matusz, 28, may be expendable for the Orioles following the team's signing of Wesley Wright this winter and has looked good in spring training, allowing only one earned run in 6.1 innings of work over three appearances. Matusz is the owner of a lifetime 4.95 ERA with most of his success coming in relief, and is controllable for two more seasons.