MLB Rumor Central: Mets looking for bullpen help

Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress is just one of a handful of arms the Mets are targeting to shore up their bullpen ahead of the Aug. 1 trade deadline. Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets are in the market for some relief, and that means adding to the bullpen for the stretch run, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports.

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According to Puma, the Mets don't think a starter with value is attainable at a reasonable cost, and the team is focusing on improving the bullpen. The Mets believe that a relief arm is much easier to get at the deadline and will be monitoring options such as the Angels' Joe Smith, the Braves' Chris Withrow and even Brewers closer Jeremy Jeffress.

Former Met and current Diamondback Tyler Clippard is also available, but because of his 2017 contract, a reunion remains unlikely, Puma writes.