According to reports the Mets have decided that they will not stand pat in the bullpen following the news of Billy Wagner‘s continued convalescence. Instead they have signed a third Reyes, Al Reyes. Unlike anyone else on the Mets roster the new Reyes has previous regular closing experience, having served that role for Tampa Bay last season and saving 26 games. He was moved into a setup role after the Rays acquired Troy Percival in the offseason and did not do well. He was released on Monday.
Wagner and Reyes share an agent, Bean Stringfellow. Earlier in the day Stringfellow had said that Wagner will need at least 3 weeks rest followed by rehabbing before returning. The Reyes signing is a good sign that Omar Minaya isn’t just sitting on his hands as far as the bullpen goes. After acquiring the second reliever of the week one would hope a message has been received by the existing group of mediocre arms in the Mets bullpen.