According to NY Post Joel Sherman, relievers J.J. Putz and Chad Bradford have become available.
The Mets have a interest in Putz because he is cost efficient and the Mets like his stuff. Putz is due $5 million in 2009 with an $8.6 million option in 2010 or a $1 million buyout. According to Sherman, the Mets plan to speak to Seattle during the winter meetings about Putz, but might have competition by many including the Indians for his services. Putz has been labeled by many as the top closer pick for Mets, even before the two top tier free agent closers, K-Rod and Fuentes.
Kerry Wood is not a likely choice by the Mets because they are scared of his medical history and injury proneness. The Mets might be interested if they can get Wood to sign to a two year deal.
Sherman thinks that if the Mets go out and trade for Putz, it puts K-Rod and Fuentes in a bad spot because many will not break the bank for these closers like the Mets would. The Mets are dead set against give no more than three guaranteed years for either closer.
Another name coming up in trade talks, that the Mets know well is Chad Bradford. The Rays are looking to shed payroll and offered the Mets Bradford to them. But to the surprise of the Rays, the Mets turned them down because they think he is too expensive. Bradford is expected to make $3.5 Million next year.
In other notes - the Yankees, Phillies, Rays, Red Sox appear to be interested in Rocco Baldelli.