MLB Trade Rumors: Mets eyeing Indians’ Vinnie Pestano

The New York Mets, while not dealing with Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey, have decided to set their focus on improving their bullpen. Their target, per reports, is Cleveland Indians set-up man Vinnie Pestano.

Citing sources, ESPN’s Adam Rubin reports that the Mets covet the 27-year-old righty. The Mets pursued 36-year-old right-hander Joel Peralta, but have found the asking price too high. Peralta signed with Tampa Bay at $3 million per season through 2014, then has a series of team options. Pestano is still under club control and remains as one of the best bullpen bargains in the game.

Through 70 appearances in 2012, Pestano went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA, striking out 76. His per-nine inning numbers were undoubtedly inflated by an October that saw the reliever allow five hits — two of them solo home runs — in just an inning and two-thirds. On the season, Pestano held right-handed batters to an OPS of .487.

From a trade perspective, the Indians have long been rumored to be interested in shopping closer Chris Perez who will be due a substantial amount in arbitration. Pestano, in this instance, would be assumed to step into the closer role.

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  • http://twitter.com/JZelch17 Josh Zelch

    Not a chance the Indians deal Pestano, only if there sending Matt Harvey are way lol

  • Alex Williams

    If Vinny Pestano is traded, I will cry like a little girl. He’s the best pitcher on the team and is the future closer. Trade Chris Perez, Asdrubal and Choo if you want but do not trade Pestano.

  • ThatAlex

    It makes no sense for the Indians to trade Pestano unless we’re really getting WOW talent in return.

  • Steve

    And if Pestano brings you a lot more back in a trade than Perez would? It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for a 90 loss team to hold onto middle relievers when they have holes on the rest of the roster. Trade from strength to fill weakness.

  • mgbode

    it sure was nice of the Mets to get Wright’s contract gift-wrapped for us (joking, joking)

  • Alex Williams

    He’s going to be the closer and I don’t feel this team is that far off from contending. Yes, they fell apart at the seams last year after the All-Star break but they have youngsters with potential. To trade away your best pitcher and soon to be closer when you’re not in full-on rebuild mode isn’t smart. We’ve dealt with too many stars being traded away in the past and we have almost nothing to show for it.

  • mgbode

    always be willing to trade anyone if you get enough value back.

    but, I’m hesitant to think we can compete. we need our pitching staff to make a MAJOR rebound from 2012. we need Detroit to continue to struggle in the regular season (and they are getting Victor Martinez back). we need to get RH-bats to deal with LHP. we need to potentially deal with the loss of our only ++ hitter (Choo).

  • Wheel

    Simple. A setup man will not bring more value than a two time all star closer, especially with Antonetti calling the shots. Trade anyone on this team except for Kipnis and Pestano.