Breaking Down The NY Mets' Bullpen: Brian Stokes

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IOctober 16, 2008

As Mets fans already know the past two seasons have been disastrous. No team's fan base has ever had to go through quite as much pain and suffering as the Mets's one has. One of the main reasons behind the teams back-to-back failures has been the team's unreliable bullpen. Over the next few days we will look back on how each member of the bullpen performed and whether or not they should be retained next season...

Brian Stokes- (1-0) 3.51 ERA

Brian Stokes was acquired in an off season trade with the Tampa Bay Rays in late 2007. While at the time the addition seemed rather insignificant, the swap which only cost the Mets cash, paid dividends.

Stokes, who appeared in 33.1 innings and recorded 26 strike outs with the big league ball club proved to be a reliable source for long relief, a far cry from his numbers with Tampa Bay last year in which he posted a 7.07 ERA.

Final Verdict: Re-sign Stokes, as he is a low cost high rewards type player, who can be signed cheaply for around $500K. Adding the fact that he is only 29 years old sweetens the deal.