We have about another week to track the biggest New York Mets rumors out there as the team looks to improve the roster before the August 2 trade deadline. The latest Mets rumors in regards to their plans to improve the bullpen include two familiar names and a surprise All-Star.
According to Pat Ragazzo of Sports Illustrated, the Mets are scouting David Robertson and Andrew Chafin along with Baltimore Orioles closer Jorge Lopez.
Lopez is having a terrific year as the closer for Baltimore. Unfortunately, because they are within reach of a wild card spot and could even use him next season, a trade to the Mets seems unlikely.
Mets rumors: Orioles need to go on a losing streak to make Jorge Lopez available in trades
As great as it would be for the Mets to pair Lopez with someone like Trey Mancini, there should be some concern about his abilities. Before this season, Lopez was a journeyman reliever. They’d be buying high on someone who could end up crashing really quickly. Compared to Robertson and Chafin—two relievers with much more success in the big leagues—it wouldn’t necessarily be a loss for New York to focus their attention on him instead.
The Mets would even be able to pair those two relievers with another player to make any trade go from a Suncoast Video to Blockbuster. Robertson paired with Willson Contreras or Ian Happ would be just delightful. Chafin, along with Michael Fulmer or another Detroit Tigers reliever, would be pretty sweet, too.
Many of the names appearing in recent Mets rumors haven’t been too big of a surprise. The club is looking at bats to fill the DH role and arms to stock up in the bullpen. In these latest Mets rumors, show the top-tier of what we could expect from New York.
Lopez, however, while riding through this season in speculation fashion and on a team that might fool itself into thinking they can win, doesn’t look to be available.