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Calero, Beimel Might be Neccessary

By Mike Silva ~ March 1st, 2010. Filed under: Mike Silva, New York Mets.

It appears the Mets are still trying to tinker with their bullpen, albeit on their terms.

Last week there were reports of interest in Joe Beimel, who reportedly is seeking a $2 million dollar deal. Additionally, Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports the Mets would be interested in Kiko Calero on a minor league deal because of injury concerns.

We have been through this bullpen scenario a few times already this spring. Right now these two arms may not be luxuries for this team when you ask yourself this question: Who is the eighth inning setup man?

Kelvim Escobar was the logical choice, but this vague “shoulder weakness” doesn’t bode well for reliability this year. Ryota Igarashi? This report about necessary adjustments to American baseball doesn’t make me feel warm and fuzzy. Of course, there is Bobby Parnell, but the kid did wear down last year and showed, at times, he wasn’t ready for the responsibility.

I advocated signing Calero back in November. This is a guy that has a career ERA+ of 132 and strikes out a better an inning. One of the other reasons I like his is the ability to “crossover” in a bullpen that features situational arms such as Sean Green and Pedro Feliciano. Of course Beimel would be the second lefty out of the bullpen which I believe is important.

How does this fictitious bullpen sound?

K-Rod, Calero, Feliciano, Sean Green, Beimel, Nieve

You could send Igarashi and Parnell to AAA to start the season, and if Escobar gets healthy, you have yourself some nice depth options.

I realize the history of shoulder problems (rotator cuff) makes this move another upside signing. I also don’t think that is an issue when it comes to the bullpen. The Mets right now need to accumulate depth in order to make up for the possibility that one or two of these choices will not pan out. Volume always is a good thing in that type of situation.

In case you want to read some scouting reports on Beimel, Calero, and another lefty Ron Mahay check out ariball.com

Ari Kaplan, the founder, appeared on my 1240 AM WGBB show last night. The replay will be up later today.

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1 Response to Calero, Beimel Might be Neccessary

  1. MetsPubRec

    For those lazy Mets fans who didn’t follow the Ari link, I dug up some stats of my own.

    On Beimel in 2009, not very impressive…pitched 71 games for WAS/COL…against left-handers, Beimel allowed 24 Hits, 12 ER in 26 IP which amounts to a 4.15 ERA

    for the season…35 SO/19 BB..he’s got to do better than that..not worth the $2 million plus with the potential for another setback

    On Mahay, unfortunately most of his stats for 2009 were with the Royals where he got blown up..pitched 16 games with the Twins, solid 9 IP 2.00 ERA…again terrible w/KC from top to bottom..however with the Twins against left-handed hitting..6 1/3 IP, 1.42 ERA, 5 SO..better upside than Beimel and cheaper.

    Calero..had a solid year with the Marlins in relief last year but he’s 35 years old..67 games, 60 IP, 1.95 ERA, opp BA .180..could be your cross-over guy, 69 SO..if the Mets were brave enough to put their stock in a guy like Escobar why not a veteran like Calero..if anything he’ll get you some Holds that if the Mets have the lead..haha

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