The Mets need a closer. That's no secret.
Following the Francisco Rodriguez trade, Jason Isringhausen, Bobby Parnell, Manny Acosta and a few others split the closing duty. None of them posted ERAs below Acosta's 3.45.
While discussing his tenure with the New York Mets one year ago, Heath Bell told ESPN New York's Adam Rubin he has "a lot of hostility towards" his former team.
However, Bell had most of his issues with the Omar Minaya front office, and he might be willing to discuss a deal with Sandy Alderson.
At 34 years old, Bell is one of the older closers on the market, but his age could make him more affordable. The Mets are less likely to pursue closers like Jonathan Papelbon, who will certainly demand more money than Bell.
Joe Nathan expressed interest in playing for New York, but he's two years older than Bell and struggled after returning from Tommy John surgery.