MLB Trade Rumors: Are the New York Mets Seeking Bullpen Help?

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJune 26, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 09:  Bobby Parnell #39 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a home run to Curtis Granderson #14 of the New York Yankees (not pictured) in the eighth inning at Yankee Stadium on June 9, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  Yankees defeated the Mets 4-2.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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A glaring need for the New York Mets is help out of the bullpen, and it appears they'll be buyers at the July 31 MLB trade deadline.

According to Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, the team with the worst bullpen ERA (5.17) will be looking for help at the deadline to bolster the pen.

Mets closer Frank Francisco recently landed himself on the DL with an oblique strain—probably karma for referring to the New York Yankees as "chickens"—which leaves Bobby Parnell as the closer for the Mets.

Parnell has been up and down this season, posting a 1-1 record with a 3.19 ERA and 15 holds out of the bullpen, but has also blown three saves already this season.

Davidoff lists Brett Myers, Huston Street, Matt Capps and Grant Balfour as possibilities for New York to go after.

Davidoff also writes of Mets GM Sandy Alderson's comments on the situation:

General manager Sandy Alderson hasn’t ruled out the possibility of taking on payroll. He also told The Post two weeks ago, when discussing the Mets’ immediate needs, “We have to sort of take everything into account,” which means that the Mets won’t be dealing top-shelf prospects for volatile relievers.

While the need for bullpen help is imminent, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Mets will probably wait until after the All-Star break to make their move.

After losing six out of the last 10 games, the Mets need to do something, especially given the way the Washington Nationals are playing.

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