The New York Mets are just 3.5 games behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East, but if they want to keep the gap between them small they will definitely have to improve their bullpen.
Ken Davidoff of the New York Post wrote today that the Mets are “looking outside their organization in an effort to improve their ineffective, injured bullpen.” But he adds that “cash could be the key in making that happen.”
With the new CBA, teams that trade for players right before they become free agents won't get compensatory draft picks when they walk away after the season ends. So Davidoff says that “teams probably won’t be willing to give away as much young talent for one of these relievers, knowing that the relievers won’t bring back any young talent on the other end of the transaction.”
Relievers like Brett Myers, Huston Street, Matt Capps and Grant Balfour will probably be discussed by the Mets according to Davidoff, and Genereal Manager Sandy Alderson hasn’t ruled out the possibility of taking on payroll.
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