New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said on Tuesday that the team is looking to acquire another veteran pitcher in return for right-hander Francisco Liriano.
Liriani was the starting pitcher for the Mets last season after the club traded Zack Wheeler to the Padres for Liriana.
Liraiano was also the starting catcher for the Padres in 2016 after Wheeler was traded to the Dodgers for outfielder Carlos Villanueva.
Alderson, however, said that he wants to be able to make a decision on a veteran closer.
“I’d like to see more depth,” Alderson told the New York Post.
The Mets are still in need of bullpen help, as the team has struggled mightily in 2016, posting a 2.77 ERA and a 4.04 WHIP over 73 games. “
It’s very important to have a good rotation and I think we’re close, so I’d love to see it.”
The Mets are still in need of bullpen help, as the team has struggled mightily in 2016, posting a 2.77 ERA and a 4.04 WHIP over 73 games.
But the team will probably only spend on the starters the rest of the way, so there isn’t much incentive to move Lirianas deal in hopes of finding an extra veteran arm.
Lincolns trade could benefit the Mets and help the team improve the bullpen, as it would allow the team to trade closer Dan Straily, who was the top-ranked reliever on Baseball America’s depth chart heading into the offseason.
But Alderson admitted that he may not be able in the long run to make such a trade happen.
“We don’t really have that much depth in the bullpen right now,” Aldson said.
“And if we can’t find a young pitcher in there, that’s okay.
We’ll find another one, but that doesn’t happen very often.”