Earlier during this hot stove season, the Mets did not want to take a Riske to bolster their bullpen. However, there is still a Wise choice available.
With the relief market drying up — only Octavio Dotel and Luis Vizcaino remain standing — the buzz that Milwaukee may non-tender Matt Wise suddenly becomes something to think about.
Wise has had some decent seasons as a middle man, occasionally being used for setup duty. He has excellent control, rarely walking anyone. Last year was something of a down year for him, but he was still miles better than Guillermo Mota. Maybe he’s due for an up year.
By the way, I also think Kiko Calero — who should be non-tendered by the A’s — would be a great low-risk, high-reward gamble as an ST invite / minor-league contract. Lefty Neal Cotts may also be let go by the Cubs, and I’d rather have him in the ‘pen than trade Aaron Heilman for Brian Fuentes.
Thoughts? Anyone still out there for the bullpen that I’m missing?
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Joe Janish began MetsToday in 2005 to provide the unique perspective of a high-level player and coach -- he earned NCAA D-1 All-American honors as a catcher and coached several players who went on to play pro ball. As a result his posts often include mechanical evaluations, scout-like analysis, and opinions that go beyond the numbers.