Reporting Matt Loede
NASHVILLE (92.3 The Fan) – The latest Indians rumor involves their setup man, and the Big Apple.
Reports from ESPN New York state the New York Mets “have pursued” Indians setup man Vinnie Pestano. From the Indians point of view – why not?
The 27-year-old (Pestano will be 28 in February) has become one of, if not, the best setup man in the game, and if the Indians can get a nice deal for him, they would for sure have to at least entertain the offer.
Pestano is under control through 2016, and while many fans feel he’s the closer of the future, the Indians need players now, and if the Mets are offering a deal, the Indians will listen.
Without much fanfare nationally, Pestano has moved into being a very solid relief pitcher since coming to the Majors in late 2010.
He has thrown 137 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 168 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .197 batting average. Last season he went 3-3 with a 2.57 ERA in 70 relief appearances.
The Mets need pen help, and Pestano is a fit. Now the question is – what would they give up to get him, and would the Indians bite?