Mets weren't in on Darren O'Day, Ryan Madson

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The reported signings of relievers Darren O’Day and Ryan Madson have little bearing on the New York Mets' winter bullpen activity, assistant GM John Ricco said Sunday.

Although the Mets want to add another setup man to complement Addison Reed leading into closer Jeurys Familia, team officials were not looking to spend at the level O'Day and Madson received. O’Day agreed to a four-year, $31 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles. Madson has agreed to a three-year, $22 million deal with the Oakland Athletics.

“We didn’t see ourselves playing in that top end where O’Day was,” Ricco said. “But I think that next tier, we’re going to be keeping an eye on. And if it looks like some of those guys are moving fast, then it would affect us. One or two guys, not so much. We’re going to meet with a lot of the representatives for the relievers here over the next couple of days. If they start to go away, that could affect us.”

The higher end of the next tier of relievers includes left-handers Tony Sipp and Antonio Bastardo. And the Mets have little urgency to act swiftly with respect to upgrading the bullpen.

“There’s a lot of names in that group,” Ricco said about second-tier relievers. “The conversations I’ve had with the agents for the guys who we’ve had interest in led me to believe they weren’t that close. They wanted to give themselves a chance to come here and talk with some of the teams. I’m not really that worried about that right now.”