Which Remaining Free-Agent Relievers Can the New York Mets Still Sign?
People may not know it yet, but the Mets will soon have a young, elite pitching staff that should be in the top five of the National League in numerous categories.
What everyone does know, however, is that their bullpen last season was absolutely atrocious.
Ranking 29th in all of baseball last year with a combined bullpen ERA of 4.65, it seems like things could only improve. But with the losses of Ramon Ramirez, Manny Acosta and Jon Rauch and no major additions to date, the team appears to have only taken a step back.
Rafael Soriano went off the market on Tuesday, but there are still some quality (but not superstar) names left on the market.
Here are some arms for hire the Mets could sign.
"Fear the Beard" only made two appearances in 2012 before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery, but few closers in the game performed better or had a bigger impact on an organization than Wilson in previous years.
Wilson, who was non-tendered by the Giants in November, could be a great fit in New York. He's already worked out for the Mets, and his personality could be a perfect fit in the Big Apple.
With Frank Francisco coming off surgery and a miserable 2012 campaign, Wilson could be the team's closer if the price is right.
Coffey enters 2013 with a respectable 25-18 record in his career with a 4.10 ERA, which would be a nice addition for the Mets. His best year of his career also came in 2011 with the Nationals when he went 6-1, proving he could pitch in the NL East.
But the main reason the Mets should sign him is the video. If the Mets' bullpen is going to struggle, they should at least give the fans a little entertainment while they're at it.
Like a lineman celebrating a touchdown in football, this is pure gold.
The 32-year-old, who was originally drafted by the Mets in 2002, has been a solid reliever since his debut in 2007. Splitting time between Baltimore and Arizona last year, Lindstrom compiled a 2.68 ERA and went 1-0, striking out 40 batters in 47.0 innings.
Though his 46 appearances were a career low, Lindstrom has the potential to appear in 60 to 70 games, which the Mets could desperately use. He has a live fastball and is a fiery competitor, which would be a positive influence on the young guys in the bullpen.
If the Mets could sign him for a low price, Francisco Cordero could be a perfect one-year fit.
Though he's 37 years old and went 3-8 with a 7.55 ERA in 2012, Cordero is a much better pitcher than that. He has a career 3.38 ERA and has saved 329 games, so he could be a nice value at closer.
His age and deterioration obviously come with a risk, but if the Mets believe that they have closers for the future in either Bobby Parnell, Jenrry Mejia or Jeurys Familia, then Cordero could be a perfect temporary option.
Back in his Mets' days, Pedro Felciano was a real-life "rubber arm." Over a three-year span from 2008 to 2010, Feliciano appeared in 88, 88 and 92 games for the Mets, leading the majors each season.
However, Feliciano bolted for the cross-town Yankees on a two-year deal in 2011, but an arm injury caused him to miss all of the past two years.
While Mets fans had to love watching the Yankees get the short end of the stick for once, they should now hope Feliciano can come back stronger than ever because he would be invaluable out of their bullpen if he could even be a shadow of his former self.