The Mets have targeted Seattle closer J.J. Putz as their priority. He is signed for 2009 at $5 million with an option for 2010 at $8.6 million or a $1 million buyout, which is a lot less than the expectation of prime free-agent closers such as Francisco Rodriguez and Brian Fuentes.Since the Mets have more needs than just adding a closer, it would make sense -- since they are playing for now -- to trade a few prospects to the rebuiling Mariners for Putz and use the big free agent bucks elsewhere. Perhaps they can continue to shore up the bullpen, or add a stud outfielder to the fray.
Either way, Putz would be a quality addition. He'd likely benefit from the move to the NL, and he dominated the AL in 2007, garnering 40 saves with a 1.38 ERA and 0.70 WHIP. He didn't fare quite as well in 2008, but he battled injuries.
Still, he'll only be 32 next season, and his arm has a relatively low amount of mileage for his age. If the Mets are willing to pass off the huge jump in ERA and WHIP last season (3.88 and 1.60) as being due to his injury woes -- and I am -- then he would be a nice addition.
Hat-tip: MLB Rumors