Source: Mets target Cleveland's Pestano

December, 4, 2012
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- In dire need of late-inning bullpen help, the Mets have pursued Cleveland Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano during the winter meetings, according to a major league source.

Pestano, 27, went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 relief appearances last season while utilizing a solid sinker. He has only slightly more than two years of major league service time -- meaning he is still under control for four years and not yet even eligible for arbitration.

A source indicated 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.

The Mets also have been trying to engage the Kansas City Royals about bullpen pieces, but have not made headway.
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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