Houston Street may be moving from the west coast to the east coast, as the Mets express interest in the Padres pitcher.
LOS ANGELES â" Seeking bullpen help for their competitive but still flawed team, the Mets have developed a profile of the ideal acquisition, according to major league executives with direct knowledge of their thinking: a veteran reliever, ideally with postseason experience, and perhaps a history of success in New York.
In other words, the Mets do not see a short-term savior for their troubled bullpen in the farm system, and will initially focus on trading for a high-impact reliever with a history of success, rather than an under-the-radar find.
The team has already begun the active pursuit of relievers, and called San Diego to inquire about closer Huston Street, according to one source.
Street (1-0) has 11 saves and a 1.42 ERA for the last-place Padres.
Brad Lidge, recently released by Washington, won a World Series with Philadelphia in 2008, and the Mets will consider him, according to one source. The Mets are concerned about Lidgeâs recent injury history, and have not yet decided whether to pursue the veteran aggressively (and Lidge has not decided if he wants to pitch again this year).
Whether or not the Mets sign Lidge, their openness to him provides insight into the type of bullpen help they are seeking: older and playoff-tested. Names mentioned in other recent reports also fit that pattern: Houstonâs Brett Myers, Oaklandâs Grant Balfour and Street.
The two prospects who could join the Mets relatively soon, according to sources, are lefty Josh Edgin and righty Elvin Ramirez.
MLB fined Ike Davis $750 â" but did not suspend him â" for grazing umpire Manny Gonzalez with his glove during an argument at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night. Davis was ejected from the game after arguing a pickoff call and said later that the contact with Gonzalez had been unintentional.