The Mets and several other teams are reportedly looking to trade for relief pitching before the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline... 10:30 am: In the last 24 hours, Jim Johnson (Braves), Wade Davis and Luke Hochevar (Royals), Huston Street and Joe Smith (Angels) have all been mentioned as pitchers drawing interested from teams trying to upgrade their bullpen. In addition to the Mets, the Giants, Cardinals, Nationals, Red Sox, Indians, Rangers and Dodgers are all looking to add to their bullpen before Monday's 4 pm non-waiver trade deadline. "I think, realistically, the bullpen is the area we can get someone," Mets GM Sandy Alderson told reporters at Citi Field, when asked on July 25 if he plans to make a trade before the deadline.
The Nationals lost a heartbreaker on Tuesday night, as the Indians overcame a two-run deficit in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat the Nationals 7-6. Closer Jonathan Papelbon faced five batters but was unable to record an out, yielding a leadoff walk, a double, a bunt that ended up very successful due to a Ryan Zimmerman throwing error, an intentional walk, and a single. Oliver Perez came in and eventually allowed one of his inherited runners to score, saddling Papelbon with the loss. Papelbon also served up four runs in the outing before Tuesday’s, on Saturday against the Padres. The two clubs entered the top of the ninth tied 6-6, but a walk followed by three two-out singles and a bases-clearing