Is anyone else starting to get worried that when we hear Sandy Alderson say “I’m waiting to see how the market develops”, what he’s really saying is “Once all the top free agents are signed, we’ll see what’s left for us.” I know it’s early and this offseason’s expectations were to be low given the team’s payroll constraints, but seeing an NL East opponent land another big name free agent doesn’t make the pill any easier to swallow.
With the Marlins agreeing to a 3-year/$27-million deal with Heath Bell and the Phillies bringing in Jonathan Papelbon for a cool $50 million over 4-years, the Mets are the only team in the division with questions surrounding the 9th inning. Youngsters Craig Kimbrell and Drew Storen hold down the final frame for Atlanta and Washington, respectively, but New York’s home grown closer candidate, Bobby Parnell, was not up to snuff when thrown into the fire last season.
According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Mets will keep an eye on the remaining free agent relievers (such as Jon Rauch, Octavio Dote, and Brad Lidge), but their main target might still be Oalkand’s Andrew Bailey:
The price for the 27-year-old closer is likely to be high, as pointed out by Joel Sherman of the New York Post last week, but if Sandy can work some magic the 6’3″ righty might be New York’s answer to a division that is now stocked with Rolaids Relief Man Award candidates (four of the top-10 inishers from 2011 are now set to pitch in the NL East come 2012).
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