New York Mets News

Mets Still Interested In “Closer Type” Reliever

By Danny Abriano

Even after signing Kyle Farnsworth to a minor league deal, the Mets remain interested in signing a “closer type” reliever.

April 13, 2013; Boston, MA USA; Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan (52) pitches during the ninth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Rubin of ESPN New York cites a source who says the Mets have interest in Fernando Rodney (who the source says is their top target), Kevin Gregg, Joel Hanrahan, and Ryan Madson.

Contradicting part of that report, Marc Carig of Newsday noted that a source told him that Rodney signing with the Mets was “unlikely.”

Both Rodney and Gregg had solid years in the majors in 2013.

Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery last May, and Madson is seeking a return to the majors after missing both 2012 and 2013 due to injury.


You can never have enough arms, and the Mets are apparently putting an emphasis on making sure they have both a safety night behind Bobby Parnell and solid overall depth in the bullpen.

All of the pitchers listed above have late-inning pedigree, and any one of them would be a fine addition.

Madson was tremendous for half a decade before injuries derailed his career after 2011, and Hanrahan had Tommy John surgery last May – meaning he probably won’t be ready to return to the majors until May of this year.  Both Rodney and Gregg would be ready from the outset, barring injury.

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