Mets vice president and assistant general manager John Ricco said about the situation the team faces, "Our numbers are what they are. We need to find a way to get better production." And, the numbers aren't good. The Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in baseball at 5.21. Ricco also said, "It's not too early to do the research. It's probably too early to make a move, although each year there is several pre-emptive ones. For the seller more than the buyer."
It's not out of the realm of possibility that New York will also explore pitchers who aren't big names. Ricco referenced the 2006 trade which brought in Guillermo Mota from the Indians. "Sometimes, you try to catch lightning in a bottle. That was a deal when they were just giving him away." Mota posted an ERA of 1.00 in 18 appearances for the Mets in 2006 after being a bust for Cleveland.