Found October 25, 2011 on MetsOnline:

Click below to see Adam Rubin of ESPN New York explain the Mets bullpen situation:

Here’s an excerpt from an article that Rubin wrote, which you can check out here:

“If Reyes leaves because of a superior offer elsewhere, which is the more likely scenario, additional dollars are freed up to allocate to pitching.

The Mets want to keep the payroll in the $100 million to $110 million range in 2012, Alderson has acknowledged.

The bullpen, which lacked the hard middle-inning throwers that other teams employed, desperately can use reinforcements. Mets relievers combined for a 4.33 ERA and .267 opponent batting average this past season, both ranked 15th in the National League. The Houston Astros were the only team to finish worse, with a 4.49 reliever ERA and .269 opponent batting average.

‘Of course the bullpen was a big disappointment — overall and certainly the last two months of the season,’ Alderson said in the Mets’ clubhouse at Citi Field the day after the regular-season finale. ‘So I think a lot of our success or failure next year is going to be a function of pitching, regardless of who’s playing for us. Now that doesn’t mean we’re going to go spending all of our money on pitching and not try to sign Jose. But I think our fate lies more on the pitching side than anything else.’

Manny Acosta, who had a solid finish to the season, as well as Pedro Beato, Tim Byrdak, D.J. Carrasco, Daniel Herrera, Josh Stinson and Parnell remain under the Mets’ control. But having those seven relievers break camp with the Mets after next spring training is a remote proposition.

In fact, as few as two of those pitchers — Byrdak and Parnell — may be on the 2012 Opening Day roster.”

Rubin is right. Whether or not the Mets resign Jose Reyes, they will allocate the majority of their remaining budget to fuel a good bullpen. The bullpen is an area in which the Mets have been pretty weak in the last couple of years and spending money there should definitely help.

We don’t want Mr. Parnell pitching any ninth innings, do we?

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